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Date 2021-04-27


The Status Identification of Sakaguchi Reiko’s Fiction Characters: A Case Study of “Chen Yi Chia” and “Shih Chi Tsau”


Lin, Hui-Chiun

Lecturer of General Education Center, Chang Gung Institute of TechnologyGraduate Student, Ph.D Program, Department of Chinese, Tamkang University


Sakaguchi Reiko (1914) was one of the few female writers in Taiwan during Japanese occupation period. Nakazima Toshio believed that she was the prodigy among the Japanese writers livened up in the colony during Japanese occupation period. She could go beyond the view of dominator and treat the Taiwanese and aborigines in equal. Her creation attitude was totally objective and simple; thus, she was popular with Taiwanese and Japanese readers. However, as a female from the colonist country, did Sakaguchi Reiko actually reach the stage of objective creation and did she treat the colonists equally? Through her fictions “Chen Yi Chia” and “Shih Chi Tsau” created during her stay in Taiwan, this article treats the characters’ identification issue as the observation target and explores her writing views from the subjects of “royal citizen establishment”, “mixed marriage” and “mixed blood”. Sakaguchi Reiko’s issue consciousness was relatively clear and she made efforts to approach the positions of the characters appeared in the fictions and explored various twisted phenomenon and internal struggle. However, under the system of wartime, when looking for real “Japanese” outlets from different characters in the fictions, regardless of spirit pedigree method or blood relationship mix method, it seems that the dominator’s vision under colonization policy still cannot be threw off. While touching the core of the problems, the writer only placed her wish on “Japanese tolerant hakko ichiu spirit” which was abstract and difficult to be carried out. The spirit even neglected the difference of national cultures so that the colonists could not break through the obstacle of identification after all. As the female writer in the colony, although she could grasp the detail descriptions of the characters' internal aspects or criticize the colonization policies with tactful attitude, there was still the individual or the environmental restriction for reaching the stage of creation in extremely objective and simple attitude in terms of the works published during the wartime.

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Bulletin of Taiwanese Literature