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Imperial EclipseJapan's Strategic Thinking about Continental Asia before August 1945$
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Yukiko Koshiro

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451805

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451805.001.0001

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Culture and Race

Culture and Race

Russians in the Japanese Empire

(p.45) 2 Culture and Race
Imperial Eclipse

Yukiko Koshiro

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on Japanese acceptance of Russian culture. The Japanese celebrated the compatibility of their culture with that of Russians even during the war; thus the Japanese never attempted to rid Russian culture from their empire in the name of pan-Asianism. One of the reasons for this wide-acceptance was that Russia's demographic and cultural character is multiethnic and multiracial. This description has helped the Japanese develop a sense of affinity with the Russians. Moreover, it shows that the Japanese empire was fairly tolerant of racial and ethnic diversity, including intermarriage between Japanese masters and colonial subjects, most of which took place between Japanese women and colonial men.

Keywords:   Russian culture, pan-Asianism, multiracial demographic, cultural character, multiethnic, ethnic diversity, racial diversity

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