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Translingual NarrationColonial and Postcolonial Taiwanese Fiction and Film$
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Bert Mittchell Scruggs

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851620

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851620.001.0001

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One Culture, Two Nations

One Culture, Two Nations

Translating Taiwanese Literature

(p.12) Chapter Two One Culture, Two Nations
Translingual Narration

Bert Mittchell Scruggs

University of Hawai'i Press

Chapter two begins with an introduction to the shift from classical Chinese to Japanese that occurs in colonial Taiwan, but it also stresses the importance of spoken Taiwanese and introduces the vernacular Taiwanese literature movement and Guo Qiusheng. It also explains the changes that occurred in Taiwan among Japanse and Chinese calendric systems. Translations have given a second life to some texts, so the nationalist Taiwanese and Chinese politics driving many of the translations from Japanese to Chinese are discussed in greater detail. The chapter concludes arguing for disengaging the nation from the former colony in order to better understand colonial Taiwan and its postcolonial critics.

Keywords:   Taiwanese, Japanese, Chinese, translation, identity-politics, literature, colonialism, postcolonialism

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