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Border Crossings: The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies 2014;1(1): 171-188.
doi: https://doi.org/10.22628/bcjjl.2014.1.1.171
Tsukasa IZUMI
Correspondence  Tsukasa IZUMI ,Email: sktmzi0918@gmail.com
Published online: 30 June 2014.
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Koichi Niigaki, born in Japanese occupied Taiwan, is a Taiwanese- born Japanese or “Ni-sei”. He graduated from high school under the old education system and former imperial university. That is, he was a member of the elite with a high education in Taiwan. He participated in the Taiwan new literature movement in the 1930’s and, after Mitsuru Nishikawa took initiative of the literature movement in the 1940’s, he wrote texts based on his life experiences in southern Taiwan. As a result, almost of his texts are connected with a girl’s high school under the old system in Tainan city, and he described Taiwanese context, history and customs. Niigaki added the subject of the imperialization policy to his texts, which revealed its deception regardless of his real intention. Since his text “Teimei” was one of the works being considered for Bungei-Suisen, the Bungei literary prize in 1942, it seems that he was conscious of Chuo-Bundan, the literary world of Tokyo. His works increasingly came to describe Taiwan. Niigaki often described male teachers in his texts and depicted them in a positive light. However, he did not reflect on the power the Japanese living in Taiwan had. As a result, his texts reveal Japanese irresponsibility and arrogance, which were significant deficiencies of Japanese writers living when Japan ruled Taiwan.
Keywords: Literature written in Japanese, Bungei Taiwan, the literary world of Tokyo, the literary world of Taiwan, Literary prize

キ―ワ―ド: 日本語文学, 文芸台湾, 中央文壇, 台湾文壇, 文学懸賞
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