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Asaba, Yuiko (2024) 'Broken promises and transoceanic fragments: Japanese tango musicians in Manchuria, 1935–46.' East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, 10 (1). pp. 13-28.

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This article examines the personal experiences and memories of Japanese tango musicians in Manchuria in the years leading up to and immediately after the Second World War, revealing the tensions between migration and movement, on the one hand, and memory and loss, on the other. By engaging with the ideas surrounding tairiku (‘continents’) in early to mid-twentieth century Japan, this article moves away from triangulating the transoceanic movements of Japanese tango musicians and musical commodities across Japan, China and Latin America at this time. Instead, it considers such movements as the sonic manifestation of the island/continent dichotomy that framed Japanese maritime thinking in the first half of the twentieth century. Consequently, in offering a Japan-reflexive scholarship for the study and writing of global music histories, this article argues for the need to move beyond a geo-oceanic approach in examining transoceanic circulations.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts
ISSN: 20517092
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 05 May 2024 08:24
Funders: European Union

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