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positions (2013) 21 (2): 383–415.
Published: 01 May 2013
..., engendered a collective spirit of individualism that at once embraced utopian ideals of collectivism and was suspicious of any enterprise that encouraged a dissolution of self. Marked by this ambivalence, Yoshihara adapted the collective experience to create a community in which creativity became...
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positions (2001) 9 (1): 187–217.
Published: 01 February 2001
...Peter Nickerson 2001 by Duke University Press 2001 A Poetics and Politics of Possession: Taiwanese Spirit-Medium Cults and Autonomous Popular Cultural Space Peter Nickerson My intent in this essay is to discuss cults of spirit possession and healing...
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positions (1996) 4 (2): 253–289.
Published: 01 May 1996
...Diane Dorfman Copyright © 1996 by Duke University Press 1996 The Spirits of Reform: The Power of Belief in Northern China Diane Dorfman When Sun Xiulan’s son began having periodic convulsions (choufeng) she called on a spirit healer...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 725–754.
Published: 01 August 2013
...David J. Kim On July 13, 1990, a group of shamans innovated and performed a ritual they refer to as the haewŏn chinhon to appease the deceased spirits of Japanese military “comfort women.” Caught unprepared for the large number of spirits who appeared, as well as the accompanying spiritual...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1095–1125.
Published: 01 November 2012
... gaige, which aims to cultivate well-rounded individuals with a spirit of innovation. The first story I will analyze concerns a teenager, an achieving student, who murdered his own mother. The second concerns a father, a factory worker, who transformed his disabled daughter into a genius child. While...
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positions (2013) 21 (2): 351–381.
Published: 01 May 2013
... art since the prewar period, continued to cultivate the spirit of defiance against the establishment in the postwar art world. However, as a respected man of culture, he was also involved in a project of building the first national museum of modern art for the purpose of public enlightenment...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 781–808.
Published: 01 November 2014
... to continue the leftist struggle. This article is primarily concerned with his earlier work, starting from his first collection of essays, Spirit of Renaissance (1946), to his well-known Avant-Garde Art (1954), touching upon some of his major motifs found in these texts. Beginning with Hanada's concern...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 41–48.
Published: 01 February 2015
... failed to appreciate the nuance of humanities and social sciences and the spirit of US academic freedom. This article takes a critical look at the H-Asia debate on Chinese nationalism and US academic freedom over the MIT incident. It raises a number of issues, including academic freedom; nationalism...
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positions (2009) 17 (1): 43–72.
Published: 01 February 2009
... to his use of “only if, then... ” conditionals, Miki frequently offered a sustained criticism of virtually everything for being abstract and lacking dialectical mediation, negation, and sublation. Miki was especially critical of advocates of the “Japanese spirit” and so-called Japanists who assumed...
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positions (2009) 17 (1): 73–95.
Published: 01 February 2009
... to be mediated—or, more plainly, subjugated—by the putative “nothingness” of Japanese culture. However, by denying a positive essence to Japanese culture, Miki merely inverts the Hegelian narrative of European cultural development as arising out of “being,” or “Spirit.” This article shows that a logical slippage...
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positions (2020) 28 (4): 905–933.
Published: 01 November 2020
... and their survivors? How has the drug war, by instilling a biopolitics of fear, transformed the latter’s ways of seeing and being? What becomes of justice amid images of injustice? For example, how do returning spirits of the dead that appear in dreams of their families stimulate phantasms of revenge? How is revenge...
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positions (2011) 19 (1): 159–191.
Published: 01 February 2011
... has continuously explored and expressed various degrees of femininity that seemingly contradict a stringent revolutionary spirit. The varying visual representations of traditional femininity and state-organized socialist ideals, which often equal masculinity, collide in North Korea so as to mark...
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positions (2004) 12 (2): 431–456.
Published: 01 May 2004
....” She found that the only way to “exorcise these images was through writing.”1 Keller’s reminiscence of her peculiar experience is shamanistic in its images and implications: she seems to have been possessed by the spirits of comfort women, who...
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positions (2009) 17 (2): 261–287.
Published: 01 May 2009
...-affect-spirit continuum. When we consider such psyche politics against the Althusserian notion of subject, or the Foucaultian notion of the process of subjectivation, we notice that, instead of the ideological interpellation or the practice...
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positions (2015) 23 (2): 317–347.
Published: 01 May 2015
..., and the factionalism of parties, bureaucrats, and businesses, all swayed by self-­interest, blocked proper relationships between the emperor and the Japanese nation.9 Materialism became widespread throughout its society, which undermined the spirit of Japan...
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positions (2000) 8 (1): 179–200.
Published: 01 February 2000
... of “Tai- wanese,” we find that the word refers to the Southern Fukienese immi- grants of the Fuk-lo language family. Take, for instance, the statement that the symbol of the spirit of the Taiwanese is the “sweet potato” and that Tai...
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positions (1996) 4 (2): v–x.
Published: 01 May 1996
... most from the predatory potentials of social science taxonomy.” Diane Dorfman’s essay, “The Spirits of Reform: The Power of Belief in Northern China,” takes off from where Barshay leaves readers. Pressed...
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positions (2000) 8 (2): 559.
Published: 01 May 2000
... below)a highly original combination of the new interest in Zen poetry and the old spirit of social commitment. Paik Zen Poetry and Realism: Reflections on Ko Un’s¯ Verse 561 Since my essay of 1993, Ko Un¯ has continued on his amazingly prolific ca...
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positions (2008) 16 (1): 229–258.
Published: 01 February 2008
..., rapacious widow ghosts visit Thai construction workers, causing several deaths and terrifying villagers in the area whence the workers hailed. In theatrical acts of civil disobedience, Thai democracy protestors conjure the spirits of those who have...
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positions (1999) 7 (2): 503–540.
Published: 01 May 1999
... that Izawa’s ultimate goal was to transform the colonized into imperial subjects. For example, the Ko&go Institute Ordi- nance stated that the objective was teaching the language and fostering the spirit of the Japanese homeland. Izawa’s belief...