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Prescribing Colonization : The Role of Medical Practices and Policies in Japan-Ruled Taiwan, 1895-1945
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- Michael Shiyung Liu
- United States
- Association for Asian Studies, Inc., USA
- 9780924304576
- 2009
- x, 294p. Includes Index ; Bibliographical references
- Number 3
- Asia Past & Present: New Research from AAS
- 450 gms.
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1. Medicine – Taiwan – History – 1895-1945 2. Medicine – Japan – Colonies 3. Taiwan – Politics and government – 1895-1945 An essential book for scholars of East Asian history, "Prescribing Colonization" addresses the impact of Western-influenced Japanese medicine on medical practices in Taiwan during Japanese colonial rule and examines the role colonial medicine played in Japanese empire building. Taiwan was Japan's first overseas colony and the Japanese government was eager to transform the island into a showpiece "model colony." Despite the colonial government's intentions to encourage immigration, the unsanitary conditions, severe epidemics, and social unrest in Taiwan often derailed their efforts. The Japanese government believed that Taiwan required an infusion of fundamental medical knowledge from "modern" Japan. "Medicine" and "civilization" were two of the main themes used repeatedly to persuade the indigenous population to accept colonization. Written as part of a new wave of scholarship on colonial medicine, science, and technology that has emerged in the past decade, Michael Liu clearly explains the complex relationship between merciful modernization, brutal colonization, and the expansion of the global discourse on modern medicine.

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