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Border Crossings: The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies 2019;8(1): 129-149.
doi: https://doi.org/10.22628/bcjjl.2019.8.1.129
The Representation of China in Nyoning-geijutsu: An Analysis of the Records of Women Who Crossed from Japan into China
Jiajia YANG
Correspondence  Jiajia YANG ,Email: yangjiajia2@yeah.net
Published online: 30 June 2019.
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This paper discusses women intellectuals’ perception of China before and after 1930, through an analysis of the magazine Nyonin-geijutsu(July, 1928-June, 1932). By analyzing through a gender and postcolonial lens, the records of women who crossed from Japan to China and published their articles in Nyonin-geijutsu, this study clarifies how these writers represented China and how they perceived China at that time. The writers revealed three aspects of China: dynamism, invisible colonialism, and the ideal female image. Regarding the perspective of dynamic China, these women were not restricted by imperialist ideology; rather, they were impressed by a dynamic China and were critical of Japanese imperialism. Regarding the perspective of invisible colonialism, the women enjoyed the prosperity of capitalism, satisfied their curiosity and dreamt of a romantic and modern world in particular areas controlled by each empire. It is also clear that the contributors to Nyonin-geijutsu were stimulated by the liberating figure of their Chinese female contemporaries rather than looking down on Chinese women, and they reflected on their own selves and re-recognized themselves by learning from Chinese women. This study reveals a gap in the history of modern cultural development in East Asia. In discussions on such development, this route in the cultural exchanges between Japan and China should not be overlooked.
Keywords: Representation of China, Nyonin-geijutsu, Women Intellectual, Border Crossing, Perception of China

キ―ワ―ド: 中国表象, 女人芸術, 女性知識人, 越境, 中国認識
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