Manya Koetse

‘Stick Out Your Tongue’ : A Banned Book on the Health of a Nation

‘Stick Out Your Tongue’ : A Banned Book on the Health of a Nation

Stick Out Your Tongue, originally Stick out your tongue or you’ll have nothing (亮 出你的舌苔或空空荡荡) was first published in China in 1987. The book, a collection of five short stories, depicts Tibet in an exotic and sexualized way, and evoked strong reactions from both Chinese as Tibetan people.

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The ‘Magic’ of Memory: China and its Re-Remembrance of War

The ‘Magic’ of Memory: China and its Re-Remembrance of War

More than 60 years have gone by since the Second Sino-Japanese war. Although time has moved on, the war is still very much alive in the thoughts of the Chinese.

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Local Rape, Global Issue: One Rape and Marginalization in Okinawa and Beyond

Local Rape, Global Issue: One Rape and Marginalization in Okinawa and Beyond

In September 1995, a 12-year-old Okinawan schoolgirl was raped by three US servicemen, not far from the military bases on the island. The incident caused great commotion in Okinawa and Japan, and this outrage quickly raised the debate concerning the presence of US bases in Japan.

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The Imagined Space of ‘Chinatown’

The Imagined Space of ‘Chinatown’

Throughout the 20th century, the concept of ‘Chinatown’ has not failed to stir our imaginations. Many books and films evolve around this part of the city, whether the city is New York, London, Vancouver or Amsterdam

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Taiwan & The Other

Taiwan & The Other

It is very hard to identify one China and define what that one China would be, since China has got many faces. Taiwan is one of those faces of China. The terms “Taiwanese” or “Chinese” have different meanings for different people, and the meaning can also change over time.

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Imagined Communities: Not Andersons’ Book

Imagined Communities: Not Andersons’ Book

Imagined Communities, 26 years after its publishing, still does not fail to bring new insights into the idea of nationalism; a concept that is very important in modern times, since every successful revolution since WWII has defined itself in terms of ‘nationalism’.

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Ambiguous Allies? The Dynamics of Japan/China Relations to Nigeria

Ambiguous Allies? The Dynamics of Japan/China Relations to Nigeria

Japan and China are both on a campaign to widen and deepen their contacts in Africa. Beijing declared 2006 as China’s ‘Year of Africa’ when the China-Africa Summit took place in Beijing. 2008 was Japan’s ‘Africa Year’ when it hosted the fifth annual Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).

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Salaryman&Sodomia: Homosexuality & the Hegemony of Masculinity in Japan

Salaryman&Sodomia: Homosexuality & the Hegemony of Masculinity in Japan

What it means to be a ‘man’ varies to different people and different cultures. Being ‘male’ and being ‘masculine’ are not the same, and what we view as ‘masculine’ in a certain culture is not a set idea, but changeable over time.

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From Big Mac to Rice Burger — Globalization: McDonald’s in Japan

From Big Mac to Rice Burger — Globalization: McDonald’s in Japan

This short essay explores the impact of McDonald’s spread around the world- specifically, of its growth in Japan. Has the coming of McDonald’s restaurants brought American culture to Japan?

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Frida Kahlo: A Border Life

Frida Kahlo: A Border Life

Frida Kahlo werd in 1907 geboren vlakbij Mexico-Stad. Met een Duitse vader van Hongaars joodse afkomst, en een moeder die zowel Spaans als Zuid-Amerikaans bloed had, was Frida al jong beïnvloed door meerdere culturen. Frida krijgt een ernstig busongeluk als zij achttien jaar oud is. Dit ongeluk zal de rest van haar leven tekenen omdat […]

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Chinese in Your Pocket

Chinese in Your Pocket

Are you thinking about buying a good Chinese dictionary? Do not look any further, because Pleco Software is the essential dictionary to anyone studying Chinese.

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Beijing X: ‘Till the Train Comes

Beijing X: ‘Till the Train Comes

I remember it was a hot and humid day, sweat was dripping down my back, as I saw my mother waving at every taxi that passed along the Suzhou road.

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Beijing IX: On Standby (Back in Beijing)

Beijing IX: On Standby (Back in Beijing)

You notice how days more often than sometimes just pass you by; you going to work, brushing your teeth, taking a shower and going to sleep, without ever really wondering what it is that you are feeling, what it is that you are actually thinking or what it is that you really want?

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Beijing VIII: My Dearest

Beijing VIII: My Dearest

  My Dearest, The goldfish are gone, my suitcase is packed, the apartment is empty, and ironically, all of the four watches I own have chosen this week to give up. Time is indeed standing still for a bit. We’ve both seen it coming for a while now. It is time for me to go […]

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Beijing VII: The China Experience

Beijing VII: The China Experience

It’s Friday night. The sky has turned into a pinkish orange, and cars pass by with their never-ending honking. It’s one of those Beijing summer nights when the sunset doesn’t free the city of the heat, but instead only makes it more suffocating. I know I should take the subway more often, but I love […]

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Beijing VI: Rozenblaadjes

Beijing VI: Rozenblaadjes

Een beetje stinken is soms best lekker. De winter heeft plaatsgemaakt voor een zinderende hitte, en plotsklaps zit ik zonder handschoenen aan op de fiets naar school. Ik ben in mijn stad, in mijn Beijing, in mijn wijk, op de vertrouwde weg van huis naar de universiteit. Voor ik de hoek afsla bij het grote […]

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Beijing V: Jeugdpuistjes in de Stad

Beijing V: Jeugdpuistjes in de Stad

De kerkklok om acht uur. De tram die voorbij komt. De krant die op de deurmat valt. De geluiden van de ochtend zijn zo vertrouwd dat je ze al bijna niet meer hoort. Tussen ontwaken en slapen heb je die momenten dat de geluiden zich langzaam in je dromen nestelen, tot je klaar bent om […]

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Beijing IV: Het is Eenzaam aan de Tap

Beijing IV: Het is Eenzaam aan de Tap

Ik ben in mijn hoofd weer helemaal terug bij mijn eerste liefde; mijn grote liefde, waar het ooit allemaal begon. Het is een beetje zoals Mandela eens zei: There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. Ik zie nu al hoe China […]

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Beijing III: Catch 22 & De Slet

Beijing III: Catch 22 & De Slet

De stad ligt aan mijn voeten. Letterlijk, ligt zij aan mijn voeten. Ik snap niet hoe ik het ooit vergeten was, maar terwijl ik op een zonnige middag de straten van Beijing afloop herinner ik mij plots ook weer de geuren en kleuren van Shanghai en Singapore. Hoe kon ik vergeten dat doelloos rondlopen in […]

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Beijing II: Bestemming Bereikt

Beijing II: Bestemming Bereikt

Ik was verslaafd. Behoorlijk ook. Nu ik ben aangekomen in China heb ik besloten mijn verslaving op te geven. Ik ben nu immers beland in een heel andere omgeving, met andere mensen en steeds een andere daginvulling: ik zou het gewoon niet kunnen volhouden en het is bovendien slecht voor mijn gezondheid. ‘Destination addiction’ – […]

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