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The Ideology of Kokugo: Nationalizing Language in Modern Japan

Yeounsuk Lee

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833053
eISBN:
9780824870553
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

Available for the first time in English, this award-winning book looks at the history and ideology behind the construction of kokugo (national language). Prior to the Meiji Period (1868–1912), the ... More


Tradition and Reform in Kokugo

Lee Yeounsuk

in The Ideology of Kokugo: Nationalizing Language in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833053
eISBN:
9780824870553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter shows how the intense conflict over the idea of kokugo between linguistics scholars and traditional kokugogaku scholars not only took place in academia but also directly reflected the ... More


Language for the Co-Prosperity Sphere and the Internationalization of the Japanese Language

Lee Yeounsuk

in The Ideology of Kokugo: Nationalizing Language in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833053
eISBN:
9780824870553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.003.0014
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter analyzes Hoshina's policy proposals for the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, as well as the internationalization of the Japanese language. Citing the success of kokugo policy in ... More


From Kokugo Studies to Kokugo Politics

Lee Yeounsuk

in The Ideology of Kokugo: Nationalizing Language in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833053
eISBN:
9780824870553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter discusses Ueda's creation of the field of kokugogaku based on modern theories of linguistics from the West. It also discusses how he justified the connection between kokugogaku and ... More


Changing the Classroom?: Autonomy and Expression in Japanese Language and Literature

Peter Cave

in Schooling Selves: Autonomy, Interdependence, and Reform in Japanese Junior High Education

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226367729
eISBN:
9780226368054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226368054.003.0006
Subject:
Education, Early Childhood and Elementary Education

This chapter looks at how educational reform affected junior high school teaching, focusing on the subject of language arts, or Japanese language and literature (kokugo). Despite the reformist ... More


Manchukuo and the State Language

Lee Yeounsuk

in The Ideology of Kokugo: Nationalizing Language in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833053
eISBN:
9780824870553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.003.0013
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter details how the multiethnic—and consequently multilingual—nation of Manchukuo had posed a problem for Japanese authorities. For Hoshina, the multilingual situation in Manchukuo was a ... More


Conclusion

Lee Yeounsuk

in The Ideology of Kokugo: Nationalizing Language in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833053
eISBN:
9780824870553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.003.0015
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This concluding chapter looks back to the weaknesses of kokugo in the context of a Japan on the brink of modernity. The coerciveness of kokugo policy in modern Japan, the chapter argued, was a sign ... More


Prologue: Language and the Imagined Community

Lee Yeounsuk

in The Ideology of Kokugo: Nationalizing Language in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833053
eISBN:
9780824870553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.003.0016
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This prologue argues that the concept of kokugo (national language) can exist only if all those who live in this political and social space called Japan believe that they are speaking the same ... More


Genbun Itchi and Kokugo

Lee Yeounsuk

in The Ideology of Kokugo: Nationalizing Language in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833053
eISBN:
9780824870553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter discusses the efforts to create an image of a language that was spoken by an anonymous “nation-people,” an indefinite “somebody” who could be anyone from the upper or lower class of ... More


The Creation of Kokugo

Lee Yeounsuk

in The Ideology of Kokugo: Nationalizing Language in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833053
eISBN:
9780824870553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter traces the ideological background of the formation of the idea of kokugo. While the word itself existed before Meiji, kokugo with a modern connotation was a child of modernity born out ... More


The Early Period of Ueda Kazutoshi

Lee Yeounsuk

in The Ideology of Kokugo: Nationalizing Language in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833053
eISBN:
9780824870553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter outlines Ueda Kazutoshi's criticism of traditional kokugaku and his acceptance of modern linguistics. The central figure behind the ideology of kokugo's prevalence in Meiji-era ... More


Kokugo and Kokka

Lee Yeounsuk

in The Ideology of Kokugo: Nationalizing Language in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833053
eISBN:
9780824870553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter explains the basis of Ueda's idea of language, scrutinizing his well-known lecture “Kokugo to kokka to” (The National Language and the Nation-State). Ueda's lecture was quite daring ... More


Hoshina Kōichi—a Forgotten Scholar

Lee Yeounsuk

in The Ideology of Kokugo: Nationalizing Language in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833053
eISBN:
9780824870553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter is a brief review of Hoshina Kōichi as a kokugogaku scholar. Hoshina may be remembered today only as someone who proposed kokugo reform early on and tried hard to see its ... More


The History of Kokugogaku

Lee Yeounsuk

in The Ideology of Kokugo: Nationalizing Language in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833053
eISBN:
9780824870553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter examines the debate between traditional kokugogaku and modern linguistics regarding their perspectives on the history of kokugogaku. The relationship between linguistics and kokugogaku ... More


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