- Nagoya University Asian Law Bulletin (ISSN:21881952)
- vol.2, pp.76-95, 2016-09-30
Presents paper focuses into Yoshimi Takeuchi's unique perception of Korea as a specific actor in Asia. Takeuchi was a Chinese literature researcher and thinker who approached Asia and its regions in his own individual way. Understood by almost all of studies on Takeuchi, his image of Asia is connected with China. However his image of Asia also includes Korea. In present research, I specifically inquire into Takeuchi's personal understanding of Korea. His image of Asia was recognized under the scheme "invasion-resistance as opposed concept". Takeuchi recognized that relation between Europe and Asia is less geographical and essential, but more correlative. It would mean that Europe could only be viewed as Asia's invader. On the other hand, Asia is just able to exist as the resistant against Europe's invading. This image of Asia as resisting actor was generalized in his understanding from works of Chinese novelist Lu Xun. Also Takeuchi's perception of Asia was understood as actor indivisible from China. However, a part from that, he had another unique view on Asia that was drawn from the perspective on Korea. In his exploring woks on Asia, Takeuchi basically expressed solidarity to other Asian nations, which were subjected to Japanese aggression. Based on this awareness, he constructed his main idea on Korea. According to Takeuchi's image, Korea was being, which was forcibly subjected to Japanese role. In particular, Korea was caught between two main problems. First, strict Japanese rule based on military occupation. Second, Japanese language, which got the status of Lingua Francas. Thus, Korea was placed in an ambiguous condition. Therefore, there appeared a big gap between Japanese and Koreans, in terms of understanding each other's problems and views on them. Takeuchi described Korea as existence suffering from Japanese dominating. Additionally, he demanded self-reflection to Japanese with his image of Korea.