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Pacific Islanders Experience the Pacific War: Informants as Historians and Story Tellers

Nishino, Ryota (2017) Pacific Islanders Experience the Pacific War: Informants as Historians and Story Tellers. Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 15 (Issue ). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1557-4660

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This article demonstrates how travel writers take on the roles of historians during and after their journeys. The manner in which they exercise their roles varies in their understanding of the past, the articulation of personal values, and aspirations for the present and the future. To highlight both the commonalities and the variations, consider three commercially published Japanese travelogues to southwestern Pacific Islands. The article shows how the travellers’ diverse motivations and approaches are reflected in their historical consciousness. The journeys also shaped their perspectives on the relations between Japan and the Pacific Islands, and their raison d’être.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Japan, the Pacific War (1941-1945), Solomon Islands, New Guinea, travel writing, journalism, oral history, historical consciousness
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
D History General and Old World > DU Oceania (South Seas)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ryota Nishino
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2017 01:55
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 02:03

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