打倒日本 支那の排日教育. [Datō Nihon Shina no Hainichi Kyoiku]. [Down with Japan. Anti-Japanese Education in China]. HOBO TAKASHI, 保々隆矣.

打倒日本 支那の排日教育. [Datō Nihon Shina no Hainichi Kyoiku].
[Down with Japan. Anti-Japanese Education in China].

東京. [Tokyo]. 邦文社. [Hōbunsha]. Showa 6. [ 1931]. Stock ID #170412

205pp, original wrappers, edges uncut, some browning lower endpapers, dustjacket neatly repaired at head and tail of spine, trifle soiled, 20.5 x 14cm, previous owner's chops free endpaper and title page, a very good copy.

The editor, Hobo Takashi (1883-1960), was a former regional manager with the South Manchurian Railway Corporation and had worked as headmaster of the South Manchurian Railway's training college, which provided education for young Japanese living in Manchuria. Hobo was known for his criticism of pre-existing education approaches which focussed on rote learning. In the introduction to this book, he points out that it is common for neighbouring countries to be insufficiently aware of the frustrations or senses of hostility felt by their neighbours. With the relatively rising power of Japan and declining power of China, Chinese education had come to contain many critical views of Japan which influenced the perspectives of Chinese people.

This book is the outcome of a study of anti-Japanese writings in Chinese school textbooks and presents a selection of original Chinese writings with Japanese translation and annotations, dealing with topics related to history, politics, economics, and society. It is a fascinating collection of extracts from 1920s-early 1930s Chinese school textbooks, particularly so because of the light that it sheds on growing Chinese frustration at the pressures of colonialism and imperialism. Though many of the extracts focus on Japan, there are also a number of more general extracts on such things as the meaning of imperialism and of unequal treaties. Hobo's own perspective is ambiguous. His introduction in places seems to suggest that Japan is facing unfair criticism from China but can also be interpreted as suggesting that Japanese people need to understand China's frustrations better. In this sense, the book provides some important insights into pre-war Japan-China relations, educational trends in 1920s-1930s China, and the implications of these trends for Chinese national consciousness.

Text in Japanese.

When referring to this item please quote stockid 170412.

Price: $600.00 AU

other currencies

See all items in All Galleries, Secondhand
See all items by ,