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Resisting Manchukuo
Chinese Women Writers and the Japanese Occupation
Norman Smith  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/23/2007
ISBN: 9780774813358    

$36.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2008
ISBN: 9780774813365    

216 Pages

Contemporary Chinese Studies series


About the Book

Winner, 2009 Canadian Women's Studies Association Book Prize

Norman Smith reveals the literary world of Japanese-occupied Manchuria (Manchukuo, 1932-45) and examines the lives, careers, and literary legacies of seven prolific Chinese women writers during the period. Smith shows how a complex blend of fear and freedom produced an environment in which Chinese women writers could articulate dissatisfaction with the overtly patriarchal and imperialist nature of the Japanese cultural agenda while working in close association with colonial institutions.

The first book in English on women’s history in twentieth-century Manchuria, Resisting Manchukuo adds to a growing literature that challenges traditional understandings of Japanese colonialism. It will be of interest to those who study the history of East Asia, imperialism, and women.

About the Author(s)

Norman Smith is an assistant professor of history at the University of Guelph.

Table of Contents


1) Chinese Women and Cultural Production in a Japanese Colonial Context

2) Foundations of Colonial Rule in Manchukuo and the "Woman Question"

3) Manchukuo’s Chinese-Language Literary World

4) Forging Careers in Manchukuo

5) Disrupting the Patriarchal Foundations of Manchukuo

6) Contesting Colonial Society

7) The Collapse of Empire and Careers

8) Resisting Manchukuo



This is a pathbreaking book. Norman Smith paints a complex and highly nuanced picture of a colonial society, which, for decades, has only been examined in starkly nationalist categories. One of the very first social histories of the Japanese occupation in the cities, Resisting Manchukuo is an artful blend of literary analysis and fascinating social history.

- Rana Mitter, author of A Bitter Revolution

Dealing with unexplored topics that have been virtually ignored until now, Norman Smith illuminates new worlds for us. He casts light on what life was like for the Chinese living under Japanese rule and, surprisingly, the degree to which literary figures were able to thwart Japanese censorship.

- Ronald Suleski, author of Civil Government in Warlord China

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

Asian Studies
Gender Studies
Women's Studies
Literature > Literary Criticism

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