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View of the Earth from the Himawari Weather Satellite (Tokai University Information Center)

This issue marks the end of a two-year series on the theme of "The Study of History that Transcends Borders". Stemming from the theme has been a series of special editions on themes such as scholarship, race, and gender. All these themes were presented as a challenge to issues that should be debated on a level that surpasses previous existing academic subjects. In this final issue we feature post-colonialism from an ideological point of view that fundamentally reexamines the existing framework of knowledge. It is for this reason that we wanted to include a synthesis of "The Study of History that Transcends Borders" within the meaning of this topic.
Directly translated into Japanese, post-colonialism would be something like "after colonialism", but this is not a term simply used to indicate a period of time. On the surface, post-colonialism appears to mean that colonization has ended, but the truth is that in reality the systems and ways of thinking of colonialism become deeply ingrained among the people of previously colonized nations. Post-colonialism as a concept has a strong implication of a critical consideration of that situation. From the post-colonial standpoint, it becomes clear that many things that many people considered normal were in fact no more than presumptions that were cleverly devised political plans. The questions posed of post-colonialism span the full range of human knowledge. Of course, there has been much demand for this reexamination from a new perspective in academic studies related to history. Although it may be a small contribution, this feature issue is an attempt by this magazine to address those larger questions


Let's Go to the Museum!

A University Museum Annex Trying to Consolidate the Legacies of School Architecture and Scholarship (Tadashi Fujio)

A Witness to History

A photographic introduction to items from the collection
Folding Screens Depicting Notable Sights in Kyoto

Special Edition

A Study of History that Transcends Borders (Post-colonialism)
The Post-Colonial Present (Mikako Iwatake)
"Azure" in the Distance
The Arrival at Hakata of Japanese Residing in Korea and KeijoImperial University
(Hiroki Nagashima)
The Post-Colonial Situation in Taiwan (Tetsushi Marukawa)


What is Multicultural Ethnology? (Takanori Shimamura)
Walking Slowly (Masashi Izumo)

The 41st Rekihaku Colloquy

The Current Culture of a Populist Nation (Nagao Nishikawa and Toru Shinohara)

An Invitation to History

Rekihaku 20th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition
The History of Writing in Ancient Japan - From the Golden Stamp to Documents from the Shousou-in
(Minami Hirakawa)

Book Review

"Mochi (rice cakes) and The Japanese - An Ethnological Cultural Debate on New Years with and without Mochi" by Satoru Yasumuro (Haruo Itabashi)
"Yanban" by Hiroki Okada (Fusako Amino)

Exhibition Review

Special Exhibition of a Botanical Garden of Common Plants
Flower of Winter - Camellia Exhibition
The Unknown Flower
(Emi Otsuki)

Rekihaku Chat (readers' page) March 20, 2002

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