Knowledge, Power, and Racial Classifications: The “Japanese” in “Manchuria”

  title={Knowledge, Power, and Racial Classifications: The “Japanese” in “Manchuria”},
  author={Mariko Asano Tamanoi},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={248 - 276}
  • M. Tamanoi
  • Published 1 May 2000
  • History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
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