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3 National Lineage Reinvented

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"The Red Fort", written in 1940, had been published in Nishikawa Mitsuru's Literary Taiwan before it was compiled along with five other short stories into a book published in Tokyo in 1942. It narrates the experiences of Zheng Chenggong's family. The depiction of the geographic attributes of the Red Fort in the first few paragraphs exposes Taiwan's extensive colonial history alongside Nishikawa's own view of Taiwanese history. Nishikawa may have sought to cast doubt on the legitimacy of Zheng Keshuang because of his own intention to promote Japan's new policy of expanding into the South, which was characterised in "The Red Fort" as Zheng Kezang's main ambition. "The Red Fort" demonstrates Nishikawa's awareness of the political and military trajectory of the Japanese empire. The struggle between Zheng Kezang and Zheng Keshuang can even be read as a metaphor for the competition between the Japanese Army and Imperial Navy.

Keywords: Japanese empire; Nishikawa Mitsuru; Taiwan; Taiwanese history; The Red Fort; Zheng Chenggong; Zheng Keshuang; Zheng Kezang



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