"Always barbarians?": the legacy of imperialism in Japanese museums, 1977-2017.

Leiden Repository

"Always barbarians?": the legacy of imperialism in Japanese museums, 1977-2017.

Type: Master thesis
Title: "Always barbarians?": the legacy of imperialism in Japanese museums, 1977-2017.
Author: Pietersma, Edwin
Issue Date: 2018
Keywords: imperialism
Japan
museology
Ainu
Korea
Tokyo National Museum
National Museum of Ethnology
representation
Abstract: This thesis discusses, through a literary survey and fieldwork in Tokyo and Osaka, the question to what extent there is an imperial legacy or discourse resonating in Japanese museums. In particular, it focuses on the representation of the Ainu and Koreans between 1977 and 2017 in the Tokyo National Museum (Tohaku) and the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku), located in Osaka. Research shows that an imperial discourse is present, particulary in the linguistic terminology and items put up on display. However, as the case study of the Ainu in Minpaku shows, there is room for change and balance.
Supervisor: Mark, E.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Asian Studies (60 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: History, Arts and Culture of Asia
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/58287
 

Files in this item

Description Size View
application/pdf Full thesis 1.007Mb View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)