Sagacious Monks and Bloodthirsty Warriors: Chinese Views of Japan in the Ming-Qing Period

Sagacious Monks and Bloodthirsty Warriors: Chinese Views of Japan in the Ming-Qing Period

by Joshua A. Fogel (Editor)


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Although China and Japan have had virtually uninterrupted contact going back over many centuries, the lion’s share of works addressing both China and Japan’s overseas contacts—cultural and political—have concerned the West. Before the twentieth century, however, Western contacts with Japan were infrequent at best.

Throughout the centuries before the twentieth, Chinese culture in the form of books, art objects, religious items, and the like flowed into Japan in great quantity. Within the scholarly community, some attention has focused on Japan and the Japanese elite’s reception of the cultural flow and their response to it. By contrast, little if anything has been written about how the Chinese saw the Japanese. By addressing this glaring lacuna, the essays in this volume make a unique contribution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788690393
Publisher: Camphor Press Ltd
Publication date: 03/31/2018
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Joshua A. Fogel teaches East Asian history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The founding editor of Sino-Japanese Studies, his research interests involve the cultural interactions between China and Japan. During 2001-2003 he was Mellon Visiting Professor in East Asian Studies at the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University.

Table of Contents


Placing Japan in Late Imperial China / Joshua Fogel

Ming to Early Qing:

The Evolution of Ming Dynasty Perceptions of the Japanese / Wang Yong;

Japan in the Late Ming: The View from Shanghai / Timothy Brook;

Chinese Understanding of the Japanese Language / Joshua Fogel;

Views of and Policies Toward Japan in the Early Qing / Guo Yunjing

High Qing:

Wang Pang: Views of Japan by Chinese Who Traveled to Nagasaki in the Ming-Qing / Oba Osamu;

Qing Reactions to the Reimportation of the Confucian Canon from Tokugawa Japan / Laura Hess;

Qing Learning and Koshogaku in Tokugawa Japan / Benjamin Elman

Late Qing:

Late Qing Chinese Scholars in Japan: How They Lived and Whom They Knew / Wang Baoping;

A Masterful Chinese Study of Japan from the Late Qing / Wang Xiaoqiu;

“Good Wives and Wise Mothers”: Meiji Japan and Feminine Modernity in Late-Qing China / Joan Judge;

Chinese Intellectuals’ View of Japan in the Late Qing / Zhou Qiqian

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