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From memory to money? Japanese travel writers’ impressions of cross-cultural interaction in the southwestern Pacific Islands battle sites, 1961–2007: towards a historical enquiry

Nishino, Ryota (2017) From memory to money? Japanese travel writers’ impressions of cross-cultural interaction in the southwestern Pacific Islands battle sites, 1961–2007: towards a historical enquiry. Pacific Historical Review, TBC (TBC). TBC-TBC. ISSN 0030-8684 (Unpublished)

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      Abstract

      Of the numerous works of Japanese travel writing published about the southwestern Pacific Islands, five stand out for their detailed accounts of interactions between the travel writers and the Islanders. This essay explores the common narrative threads that emerge from this sample. Utilizing perspectives from the literature on dark tourism, it analyzes how the relationship between travelers and the Islanders has evolved over time. The early writers report disturbing encounters with Islanders for whom memories of the Pacific war were still vivid. The later writers exhibit greater expectations as patrons of battlefield tourism. Their writing displays less interest in a meaningful cultural exchange with the Islanders. This trend may parallel the broader asymmetry of power between Japan and the Pacific Islands.

      Item Type: Journal Article
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Travel writing; Dark tourism; Japan; Papua New Guinea; Solomon Islands; World War II
      Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
      D History General and Old World > DU Oceania (South Seas)
      H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
      P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
      Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
      Depositing User: Ryota Nishino
      Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 15:20
      Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016 15:24
      URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/9235
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