What you should read today, since I am too busy to blog:
This came out last week, but I missed it: Tensions rise between Beijing and Hong Kong, so Hng Kongers are increasingly looking to Taiwan. This was not hard to see coming -- colonizers reinforce and reconstruct local identities in opposition to their own. Beijing is simply too inept and too insecure to tolerate Hong Kong's autonomy in the long run. Sad, but it's (yet another) warning for Taiwan, as if Tibet and Xinjiang were not enough....
And this gem by J Sand over at JapanFocus:
Overlooked by most scholars of Taiwanese history and almost entirely forgotten in the history of Tokyo, sightseeing tours organized by the Japanese colonial government brought groups of Taiwanese aborigines to the imperial capital twenty-one times between 1897 and 1941. The aim of these tours was to show the aborigines the “light of civilization” and impress upon them Japanese superiority. The aboriginal tourists, however, did not always learn the intended lessons of their visit. The tours made Tokyo the stage for complex cultural encounters that undermined the simple imperial narrative of civilization and savagery._______________________
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