Mark Driscoll


On his book Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque: The Living, Dead, and Undead in Japan’s Imperialism, 1895–1945

Cover Interview of February 08, 2011


Informed readers in the West often are perplexed by the overwhelmingly hostile attitude that most Chinese (and Koreans as well) have towards Japan.  Lacking much historical information about what Japanese imperialists did in China and Asia, many Westerners are left feeling that lingering hostility towards Japan can only be explained by a kind of irrationality in the Chinese psychic sensibility.  I hope my book will help Western readers better understand this hostility.

Second, I hope that informed Western readers see the horrors of Japanese imperialism as not that different from what English colonialism unleashed in Central and East Asia via the opium trade or from what the US has recently done in Iraq.  In this way, I try not to “other” Japanese imperialism as deviant and different but show it was structurally similar to other instances of imperialist aggression.

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