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Creating a Colonial Consciousness?: Reflections on Audience Reception at the Tokyo Colonization Exposition of 1912
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences. (Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4041-6150
2015 (English)In: Asia in Focus: A Nordic journal on Asia by early career researchers, ISSN 2446-0001, E-ISSN 2446-0001, no 2, p. 15-24Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is well-recognized in historical scholarship that in both Japan and the West, expositions were an important site for the dissemination of colonial propaganda in the decades surrounding the turn of the twentieth century. Nevertheless, the question of how colonial themes were perceived and understood by visitors to these events remains largely unanswered in this literature. This essay reflects on the question of audience reception, or how media texts both influence and are interpreted by their consumers, through an examination of the Colonization Exposition [Takushoku hakurankai] that was held in Tokyo in 1912. Using a previously unexamined contemporary magazine article that describes visitor reactions, it argues that the messages that the organizers of this exposition intended to send were interpreted in diverse ways by the viewing public, ranging from acceptance to rejection. The discussion centers on notions of dignified public education, human exhibits and the methodological difficulties involved in determining media reception from historical documents.

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Copenhagen, Denmark: NIAS Press, 2015. no 2, p. 15-24
Keywords [en]
Takushoku hakurankai, expositions, Japanese colonialism, reception, popular imperialism, historical methodology
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History
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Humanities, History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-47325OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-47325DiVA, id: diva2:872327
Available from: 2015-11-18 Created: 2015-11-18 Last updated: 2018-12-03Bibliographically approved

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