Wartime Enemy or “Asian” Model? An examination of the role of Japan in history textbooks in Hong Kong and Singapore
This article compares the history curricula of Hong Kong and Singapore since the 1980s with respect to their treatment of Japan, particularly its involvement in World War II. It examines the role played by Japan as one significant “Other” against which its former victims define themselves. As well as being cast as a wartime aggressor and agent of local “victimhood,” Japan has also been hailed as an economic and military model worthy of emulation. By comparing portrayals in school history textbooks and their shifts over time, the author shows how images of Japan have been used by state elites in these two former British colonies to construct significantly divergent official visions of “postcolonial” identity.
Christine Han, « Wartime Enemy or “Asian” Model? An examination of the role of Japan in history textbooks in Hong Kong and Singapore », China Perspectives [Online], 2013/4 | 2013, Online since 01 December 2016, connection on 26 April 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/6319Top of page
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