This talk has been postponed until spring 2022. More details to follow.
This presentation is a component of my working manuscript, tentatively entitled “Sanitized Bodies and Confucian Minds: Taiwanese Han and Their ‘Southern Compatriots’ across the Seas (1895-1945).” It examines the interplay between the two external forces that shaped the Taiwanese identity in the first half of the twentieth century: the Japanese construction of the southern peoples and Chinese nationalist mobilization.
Youxue gushi qionglin 幼學故事瓊林 (Treasury of Allusions for Young Students) was the most popular textbook for children in China during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Lu Xun, Hu Shi and Mao Zedong all studied with it when they were young. Publishers attribute this book to a school teacher in the late Ming, but, except for this, our knowledge to this book is very limited.
Many Japanese roboticists building humanoids today have sought to imbue their robots with “heart” (kokoro), which they translate into English as both “consciousness” and “emotion.”Recently, the popular media have been full of references to “emotional” (kokoro-bearing) and even “spiritual” robots, with specific reference to Pepper, SoftBank’s humanoid that debuted in 2015.