Indigenous diplomacy: Sakhalin ainu (enchiw) in the shaping of modern east Asia (part 2: Voices and silences)

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    Abstract

    Indigenous people are often depicted as helpless victims of the forces of eighteenth and nineteenth century colonial empire building: Forces that were beyond their understanding or control. Focusing on the story of a mid-nineteenth century diplomatic mission by Sakhalin Ainu (Enchiw), this essay (the second of a two-part series), challenges that view, suggesting instead that, despite the enormous power imbalances that they faced, indigenous groups sometimes intervened energetically and strategically in the historical process going on around them, and had some impact on the outcome of these processes. In Part 2, we look at the Nayoro Ainu elder Setokureros intervention in imperial negotiations between Japan and Russia in the early 1850s, and consider what impact this may have had on the experiences of Sakhalin Ainu during the early phases of Russian and Japanese colonial rule in Sakhalin.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-16
    JournalThe Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
    Volume18
    Issue number23
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

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