Inheritance Of Loss: China, Japan, And The Political Economy Of Redemption After Empire

Paperback | November 28, 2016

byYukiko Koga

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How do contemporary generations come to terms with losses inflicted by imperialism, colonialism, and war that took place decades ago? How do descendants of perpetrators and victims establish new relations in today’s globalized economy? With Inheritance of Loss, Yukiko Koga approaches these questions through the unique lens of inheritance, focusing on Northeast China, the former site of the Japanese puppet state Manchukuo, where municipal governments now court Japanese as investors and tourists. As China transitions to a market-oriented society, this region is restoring long-neglected colonial-era structures to boost tourism and inviting former colonial industries to create special economic zones, all while inadvertently unearthing chemical weapons abandoned by the Imperial Japanese Army at the end of World War II.
 
Inheritance of Loss chronicles these sites of colonial inheritance––tourist destinations, corporate zones, and mustard gas exposure sites––to illustrate attempts by ordinary Chinese and Japanese to reckon with their shared yet contested pasts. In her explorations of everyday life, Koga directs us to see how the violence and injustice that occurred after the demise of the Japanese Empire compound the losses that later generations must account for, and inevitably inherit.

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How do contemporary generations come to terms with losses inflicted by imperialism, colonialism, and war that took place decades ago? How do descendants of perpetrators and victims establish new relations in today’s globalized economy? With Inheritance of Loss, Yukiko Koga approaches these questions through the unique lens of inheritan...

Yukiko Koga is assistant professor of anthropology at Hunter College of the City University of New York.  

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 28, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780226412139

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Prologue and Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Colonial Inheritance and the Topography of After Empire
2. Inheritance and Betrayal: Historical Preservation and Colonial Nostalgia in Harbin
3. Memory, Postmemory, Inheritance: Postimperial Topography of Guilt in Changchun
4. The Political Economy of Redemption: Middle-Class Dreams in the Dalian Special Economic Zone
5. Industrious Anxiety: Labor and Landscapes of Modernity in Dalian
6. Epilogue: Deferred Reckoning and the Double Inheritance

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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“Inheritance of Loss is a moving, powerful, beautifully rendered ethnography that addresses timely questions with surprising answers. China’s market economy has led to the commodification of Japanese imperial remains and the reincorporation of former colonial industries, bringing Japanese tourists and investors alike back to China. Yet this postcolonial encounter through the capitalization of history leads not to an erasure of the past but to painful ironies of reckoning with its memories and traumas. Koga’s engagement with ‘after empire’—what she calls the political economy of redemption—offers a brilliant Benjaminian reading of our times.”