Scholars tend to overlook the overseas Chinese press as a communicative tool for Chinese nationalism. This paper takes media history as its focal point to demonstrate the contextual influences that shaped the operations of Chinese print media and gave rise to the manifestation of the overseas Chinese (huaqiao) identity in Japan. In particular, it emphasises that the mobilisation of the modern Chinese nationalism movement of the time was not the sole determinant of Chinese identity. It was also influenced by the way in which Chinese ethnic boundaries came to be shaped and reshaped in different historical periods through the dynamics between overseas Chinese communities and Japanese society. I use two overseas Chinese publications from different periods to illustrate the impacts of modern Chinese nationalism and the changing social and political context of Japan on the Chinese press. Finally, I present a synthetic narrative to account for the history of the overseas Chinese press in Japan. Copyright © 2017 Asian Studies Association of Australia.
CitationChan, L.-S. (2017). Beyond the nationalist narrative: Contextualising the history of the overseas Chinese press in Japan. Asian Studies Review, 41(4), 594-610. doi: 10.1080/10357823.2017.1372361
- Chinese nationalism
- Chinese ethnicity
- Overseas Chinese press
- Media history