China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

56 - Reorienting the Asian Space: Shifting Regimes, Overlapping Regional Orders, and the Remaking of Identities on the Manchurian Borderland, 1905-1949

7/6/2018
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Rudraksha, Lower Ground Floor

Having spent the early twentieth century as both prize and pawn of great power rivalry, Manchuria continues to embody outsized historical significance for all peoples of Northeast Asia. In the capricious decades between the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) and the onset of the Cold War, it was an open laboratory for rivaling techniques of state domination. The competing regional orders of Northeast Asia -Japanese colonialist, Chinese nationalist, and Soviet socialist - overlapped in this transnational hub, giving rise to thorny new identities at their interstices.


Wedged between three ambitious powers, Manchuria shows how political identities emerge and dissipate when the modern state expands aggressively into transnational borderlands. This panel discusses these identity shifts in two consequential episodes of regime change: the 1932 creation of the Japan-sponsored puppet regime Manchukuo, and the consolidation of Chinese Communist rule between 1945 and 1949. Violent transition into these new political orders reshaped rhythms of life, displacing old identities while creating cultural niches for new ones. Our papers analyze the multiple identity changes by reconstructing the sites and processes – often obscured in official nationally-centered histories -in which they materialized. From the mass media and memorial sites to legal infrastructure and ethnically distinct regions within regional borders, we juxtapose mechanisms of state power penetration at different social levels to consider the dynamics of identity politics in an ethnically volatile frontier space. Methodologically, we introduce a new event-centered history that asks how momentary political events leave enduring marks - both mental and material - on the texture of everyday life. 

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