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Honors Project

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This paper explores the contemporary historical narrative (since the early 2000s) of the Lushun Russo-Japanese Prison Museum in Dalian, China, as a case study through the dual lens of a site visit and historical source analysis of the museum exhibitions. The Lushun Russo-Japanese Prison Museum vividly reflects a construction of historical memory of modern China's humiliating and traumatic past, specifically of the Russo- Japanese War (1904-05) against the historical backdrop of the so-called "century of national humiliation" (1840-1945). To present a particular historical memory, the Chinese municipal government politically utilizes a victim-centric nationalist narrative in order to inculcate and fortify a nationalistic and patriotic consciousness in museum visitors.

Level of Honors

magna cum laude


East Asian Studies


Brigid Vance