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Zhong Li-he’s Experience of ‘Homeland’ and Perception of ‘Taiwaneseness’

  • Journal of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • 2022, 79(2), pp.261-295
  • DOI : 10.17326/jhsnu.79.2.202205.261
  • Publisher : Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : April 11, 2022
  • Accepted : May 17, 2022
  • Published : May 31, 2022

SHIN MIN YOUNG 1

1연세대학교 인문학연구원

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ABSTRACT

Taiwan’s liberation in 1945 meant its return to the Republic of China. Taiwanese people are in a situation where they have to learn a new national language of their ‘homeland’. During this period, very few writers who were able to publish their works in Chinese were able to continue their literary activities. In this paper, attention was paid to the second work of Zhong Li-he’s Chinese novel-Hometown Story series, “Forest Fire”. Zhong Li-he had the experience of moving from Taiwan to Bongcheon in Manchukuo, Beiping in China/Mainland, and then back to post-war Taiwan. For this reason, he distanced himself from the longing he had for ‘the motherland’ as well as the anger he had in Taiwanese society. “Forest Fire” most vividly captures the author’s sober gaze, who is not overly attached to the Taiwanese community. In the text, the rituals of Zhang Dao-ling are detailed in a unique blend of various and heterogeneous elements. The artist’s excellence does not lie in the elaborate depiction of Taiwan’s unique religious ceremonies like a genre painting. When Zhong Li-he returned to his ‘hometown’, the content of ‘Taiwanesness’ he discovered was the energy and capacity itself to absorb and dissolve various elements regardless of origin.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.