Writing History in America’s Shadow

Japan, the Philippines, and the Question of Pan-Asianism

Takamichi Serizawa

Writing History in America’s Shadow

Takamichi Serizawa

Distributed for National University of Singapore Press

216 pages | 1 halftone, 2 tables | 6 x 9
Paper $36.00 ISBN: 9789813251069 Will Publish May 2020 For sale in North and South America and China only
Both the Japanese and Filipino people experienced a rewriting of their national histories upon being defeated by the United States: the Philippines after 1902 and Japan after 1945. The new histories served to justify and explain US rule and its ideology of modernization and democracy. They also portrayed the immediate past as the dark ages, especially the Philippines’ Spanish colonial period and Japan’s wartime totalitarianism and militarism.

Writing History in America’s Shadow sheds light on areas of darkness in both Japanese and Philippine historiographies and understanding of their region. It considers the questions: What kind of dilemmas and contradictions did Filipino and Japanese historians embrace by accepting the US rewriting of their national stories? And did Japanese Filipino and Japanese historians interact at all, under the US hegemony? Through an examination of the commonalities, differences and interactions of Japanese and Filipino histories, ideas of history, modernization theory, and area studies, Takamichi Serizawa makes an important contribution to sorting through the tangled histories of Asia in the complicated matrix of colonial, wartime, and Cold War contexts.
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