China and Inner Asia
Session Abstract: Interest in the wartime regime associated with Wang Jingwei in Japanese-occupied China from 1940 to 1945 has burgeoned in the last decade, as debates about the very nature of Chinese "collaboration" have been explored via a number of key publications and projects. However, scholars working on the political, social, literary, and cultural history of this regime have often approached their study of it from very different angles. One aim of this panel is to bring together scholars working in each of these fields so that a cross-disciplinary dialogue on the Wang regime and its broader significance might be initiated.
The panel brings together scholars from 5 different countries who are working in a diverse range of fields to explore the Wang regime afresh. While Serfass examines constitutional developments under Wang, for example, Taylor and Henshaw examine how cultural and educational policies, respectively, were adopted in an attempt to impart a particular vision of occupied China, and Yang examines how leading literati in the regime (such as Zhou Zuoren) expressed themselves through poetry. However, while each panelist asks very different questions, all share a commitment to putting this regime back into the wider story of modern China's past. Indeed, this panel will show that a closer understanding of the inner workings of Wang's regime might not only help us better understand wartime China more generally, but can also shed light on the politics, culture, literature, and education practiced by the Chinese administrations that preceded, outlived, and emerged from the occupation.
Paper Presenter: David Serfass – Inalco-IFRAE (Paris)
Paper Presenter: Jonathan Henshaw – University of British Columbia
Paper Presenter: Zhiyi Yang – Goethe University
Paper Presenter: Jeremy E. Taylor – University of Nottingham