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Creating a Colonial Consciousness?: Reflections on Audience Reception at the Tokyo Colonization Exposition of 1912
2015 (English)In: Asia in Focus: A Nordic journal on Asia by early career researchers, ISSN 2446-0001, no 2, 15-24 p.Article 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. Through an examination of the Colonization Exposition [Takushoku hakurankai] that was held in Tokyo in 1912, this essay reflects on the question of audience reception, or how media texts both influence and are interpreted by their consumers. 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public education, human exhibits and the methodological difficulties involved in determining media reception from historical documents.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: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2015. no 2, 15-24 p.
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Takushoku hakurankai, expositions, Japanese colonialism, reception, popular imperialism, historical methodology
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-4909OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-4909DiVA: diva2:1119985
Available from: 2017-07-05 Created: 2017-07-05 Last updated: 2017-11-29

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