Departmental Bulletin Paper <特集論文 1>虐殺以後の家系記録 -- 台湾2・28事件にまつわる南西諸島出身の行方不明者の事例から
Family Records After the Massacre : The Case of Missing Persons from Nansei Islands Related to the 228 Incident

高, 誠晩

9 ( 2017 )  , pp.224 - 241 , 2017-12-31 , 京都大学大学院人間・環境学研究科 文化人類学分野
This paper's aim is in taking the family records of missing foreigners related to the 2/28 incident in Taiwan as a clue to consider how the violence experienced by their close relatives and survivors and the memory of that violence has been expressed, through their social and cultural implications. In other words, by studying the records written on the mortuary tablet and cinerary urn collected through field research, how they narrated the missing of the victims within the genealogical records is reviewed in this paper. This thesis focuses on understanding those mediums of the mortuary tablet (ihai) and cinerary urn (zusigame) from the perspective of identifying the meaning of 'the missing persons' described by the bereaved families in the private domain as a process occurring after the affair and beyond a historical presentation of a single family. It is because that through the difference of how they document the missing people and the discord or concord of them found in the family-line records, the reality of the life strategy of the bereaved families can be explained, namely how they have been considering the meaning of the absence of the victims, living their own life struggling with this issue, and furthermore keeping the future of their descendants in mind. In the result of this analysis, it turns out that the identifying of the missing victims by the bereaved families has already been carried out for several decades in their everyday life. The records regarding these missing people written by the bereaved families contain the wisdom of those families who got left behind, which can hardly be known from government documents, the official historical records. Therefore, interpreting the hidden meaning of those records will reveal implications of the possibility of relativizing the meaning of death that exclusively has been defined by the national authority.

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