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Border Crossings: The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies 2016;3(1): 19-34.
doi: https://doi.org/10.22628/bcjjl.2016.3.1.19
Ichinari Otoshige, Former Taiwanese Interpreter, and Hokkien During the Asia-Pacific War
Akira TOMITA
淡江大学日本語文学系
Correspondence  Akira TOMITA ,Email: 114520@mail.tku.edu.tw
  Published online: 30 June 2016.
ABSTRACT
This paper will discuss An Introduction to Hokkien (福建語入門), a textbook on the Hokkien language written by Ichinari Otoshige during the Asia-Pacific War. He had taught Taiwanese, the same language as Hokkien, to the Japanese in Taiwan during the early Japanese colonial period. He, however, called the language Hokkien, not Taiwanese, in the textbook's title in 1942 because he wanted describe it not as the Taiwanese language but as the language of the overseas Chinese living in the “Southern Co-Prosperity Sphere.” The people and the sphere, however, were not portrayed in the textbook for the Japanese learners, albeit some names of the places and movements of the Japanese and Taiwanese in the sphere were used as topics in the dialogues. It is fair to say that cultural translation, which authors of second language textbooks are usually required to achieve, cannot be found in An Introduction to Hokkien, unlike the Taiwanese textbook he wrote in 1904 in which he seemed eager to translate the Taiwanese society and people to its Japanese readers.
Keywords: Ichinari Otoshige, Hokkien, Taiwanese, Southern Co-Prosperity Sphere, overseas Chinese

キ―ワ―ド: 市成乙重, 福建語, 台湾語, 南方共栄圏, 華僑
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