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4. Reading Takeuchi Yoshimi and Reading History

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Takeuchi is the founder of the study of Chinese literature and the Organization for the Study of Chinese Literature. The Chinese translation of Takeuchi contains most politically incorrect piece, "The Greater East Asian War and Our Determination", manifesto published in January 1942 supporting the Pacific War. Takeuchi's vision of China does have the problem of "idealization" and although the approach is different, the effects are similar to those produced by some of the Japanese progressive intellectuals who "idealized" the West. The difference between Takeuchi and Tōyama lies in that when tracing history, one focuses on what elements should be criticized, while the other focuses on what elements have possibilities. Political correctness is not concerned with how one analyses the object and changes it from the inside. In the end, history is not only about the past, it connects to the present and points to the future in a non-linear manner.

Keywords: Chinese literature; history; Takeuchi Yoshimi



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