Bodies and Structures 2.0: Deep-Mapping Modern East Asian History

Competing Festivals in Colonial Jilong

Contestation over sacred space reached its high point when key Taiwanese and Japanese festivals clashed during the 1930s, competing for control over both physical and sacred geography. This pathway leads you through the main celebrations and how they gave form to the competition for mastery over overlapping zones of sacred and profane, through which the local actors reinforced the boundaries between Taiwanese and Japanese identities and social groups.

(Header image: Murakami Hideo, “Kiirun suitō tō” (1927))

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