Taiwan's imagined geography : Chinese colonial travel writing and pictures, 1683-1895
220120s2005 mauab g b 001 0 eng d
|aTeng, Emma Jinhua.
|aTaiwan's imagined geography :|bChinese colonial travel writing and pictures, 1683-1895 /|cEmma Jinhua Teng.
|aChinese colonial travel writing and pictures, 1683-1895
|a1st pbk. ed.
|aCambridge, Mass. :|bHarvard University Asia Center :|bDistributed by Harvard University Press,|c2005.
|axvi, 370 p.,  p. of plates :|bill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ;|c23 cm.
|aHarvard East Asian monographs ;|v230
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aAn island beyond the seas enters the map -- Taiwan as a living museum: savagery and tropes of anachronism -- A hidden jade in a ball of mud: landscape and colonial rhetoric -- Debating difference: racial and ethnical discourses -- The raw and the cooked: classifying Taiwan's land and natives -- Picturing savagery: visual representations of racial difference -- An island of women: the discourse of gender -- Fashioning Chinese origins: nineteenth-century ethnohistoriography -- "Opening the mountains and pacifying the savages."
|aTravelers' writings, Chinese|xHistory and criticism.
Until 300 years ago, the Chinese considered Taiwan a "land beyond the seas," a "ball of mud" inhabited by "naked and tattooed savages." The incorporation of this island into the Qing empire in the seventeenth century and its evolution into a province by the late nineteenth century involved not only a reconsideration of imperial geography but also a reconceptualization of the Chinese domain. The annexation of Taiwan was only one incident in the much larger phenomenon of Qing expansionism into frontier areas that resulted in a doubling of the area controlled from Beijing and the creation of a multi-ethnic polity. The author argues that travelers' accounts and pictures of frontiers such as Taiwan led to a change in the imagined geography of the empire. In representing distant lands and ethnically diverse peoples of the frontiers to audiences in China proper, these works transformed places once considered non-Chinese into familiar parts of the empire and thereby helped to naturalize Qing expansionism.By viewing Taiwan-China relations as a product of the history of Qing expansionism, the author contributes to our understanding of current political events in the region.