S-Space Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies (규장각한국학연구원) Korean Culture (한국문화) Korean Culture (한국문화) vol.41 (2008)
국제관계의 변용과 내셔널 아이덴티티 형성
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- 서울대학교 규장각한국학연구원
- 한국문화, Vol.41, pp. 135-157
- In research on the processes of the formation of modern identities in East Asia, transnational dimensions have been overlooked as a consequence of a contemporary focus on "nationalidentiry". However, the formation of national identities in East Asia always was connected to concepts of transnationalism and regionalism. Before this background, this article explores the creation and development of Asianism as an idea of regional identity in late 19th an early 20th centuries Japan.
The development of Pan-Asianism in this period was strongly influenced by Japan"s changing position in international affairs: while Pan-Asianism in early Meiji Japan was an ideology of regional solidarity against the West, due to Japan"s weak international standing, it soon developed into an ideology of Japanese supremacy in East Asia as a result of Japan"s rise to regional leadership and growing Japanese self-confidence. While early Pan-Asianism had been a conceptually vague "sentiment", by the time of World War I, it had developed into a concrete and well-defined idea of regionalism, as expressed in writings by Kodera Kenkichi, Sawayanagi Masatarȏ and others, and should soon become an influential force in Japanese politics and society.