"Collective Memory of a Colonial City: The Formation of Town Map Dalian"
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Collective Memory of a Colonial City: The Formation of Town Map Dalian
This paper analyzes the formation of collective memory by focusing on Town Map Dalian, a map of memory
that Japanese A and Chinese B, who were residents in colonial Dalian, made in collaboration and published
from 1988 to 1999 in Japan.
Town Map Dalian offers a material framework for collective memory. It reconstructs the memory of various
groups connected to colonial Dalian. Therefore, considering the formation process of Town Map Dalian will give
clues to how colonial Dalian is presently conceptualized in collective memory.
The memory of Japanese A in Town Map Dalian is provided to show the symbolical collective memory of
Japan. It is represented as "Birthplace Dalian". Japanese A?fs memory is exclusively a "Japanese" memory. This
symbolical collective memory forgets the memories of groups other than the Japanese.
On the other hand, the memory of Chinese B in Town Map Dalian reflected the groups "Japanese," "Alumni
association," "Chinese," "South Korean," and "do not belong to either."
Dalian was constructed by groups such as "Nation," "Race," "Chinese," "Japanese," "South Korean," and
"Alumni association," and, thus, it was defined differently by each group. This diversity within the collective
memory of colonial Dalian should be recognized.
Keywords: colonial city, Dalian in China, collective memory, Town Map Dalian, diversity