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  • Writer's pictureSayaka

"Belief and Ideology" of youth in the age of empire

I nearly forgot that I wrote this piece, but someone reminded me.

It felt like eternity since I wrote the first draft (I think it was late 2017). To be fair, it is a six-volume edited series on a cultural history of youth. I wrote Chapter Seven in the volume Five, the Age of Empire. Many lessons learned through this project.

This series was supposed to be "global" histories, and it was nearly impossible for me to cover all interesting aspects. I originally had a big chunk on China--which I thought was very reflective of anti-colonial "youth" in the modern era, but that was cut unfortunately. I tried my best to write something easy to read and teach, something not really an intellectual history, and something that incorporates the tensions between the ideas and experiences.

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