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Imagining China in Tokugawa Japan
Legends, Classics, and Historical Terms
Imagining China in Tokugawa Japan
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Wai-ming Ng - Author
Price: $85.00 
Hardcover - 288 pages
Release Date: March 2019
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7307-9

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Pioneering study of the localization of Chinese culture in early modern Japan, using legends, classics, and historical terms as case studies.

While current scholarship on Tokugawa Japan (1603–1868) tends to see China as either a model or “the Other,” Wai-ming Ng’s pioneering and ambitious study offers a new perspective by suggesting that Chinese culture also functioned as a collection of “cultural building blocks” that were selectively introduced and then modified to fit into the Japanese tradition. Chinese terms and forms survived, but the substance and the spirit were made Japanese. This borrowing of Chinese terms and forms to express Japanese ideas and feelings could result in the same things having different meanings in China and Japan, and this process can be observed in the ways in which Tokugawa Japanese reinterpreted Chinese legends, Confucian classics, and historical terms. Ng breaks down the longstanding dichotomies between model and “the Other,” civilization and barbarism, as well as center and periphery that have been used to define Sino-Japanese cultural exchange. He argues that Japanese culture was by no means merely an extended version of Chinese culture, and Japan’s uses and interpretations of Chinese elements were not simply deviations from the original teachings. By replacing a Sinocentric perspective with a cross-cultural one, Ng’s study represents a step forward in the study of Tokugawa intellectual history.

“What the author has done with great success is to break down the longstanding dichotomies that have been established in prior scholarship between center and margins, self and ‘other,’ empire and tributary states, civilization and barbarism, and so forth, treating China and Japan on equal terms. An impressive achievement.” — Richard J. Smith, author of The Qing Dynasty and Traditional Chinese Culture

Wai-ming Ng is Professor of Japanese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of The I Ching in Tokugawa Thought and Culture.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on Romanization

Introduction: The China Factor in Tokugawa Culture

Part I. Naturalization of Chinese Legends

1. Xu Fu as Chinese Migrant

2. Yang Guifei as Shinto Deity

3. Wu Taibo as Imperial Ancestor

Part II. Appropriation of Confucian Classics

4. The Mencius and Politics

5. The Xiaojing and Ethics

6. The Yijing and Shinto

Part III. Redefinition of Historical Terms

7. Names for China

8. Bakufu and Shōgun

9. Redefining Legitimacy

Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index


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