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Shame of a Nation: The Evolution of Hanjian since the Late Qing

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Author: Hurley, Stephen John
Advisor: Tang, Yanfang
Committee Members: Canning, Craig N.; Han, Eric
Issued Date: 7/17/2012
Subjects: China
Chinese Nationalism
Chinese Studies
Race Traitors
Asian Nationalism
20th-Century China
Second Sino-Japanese War
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/16741
Description: Ever since the execution of the heroic Song Dynasty general Yue Fei by the "archetypical traitor" Qin Hui, the epithet hanjian ("Han traitor" or "traitor to China") has persisted as one of the most damning in the Chinese language. However, there has been no overarching study of the term's development in English-language scholarship. This paper describes the various groups that have been described as hanjian since the nineteenth century and examines the ethnic, political, and national issues that these "traitors to China" reveal.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Modern Languages

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