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A travel guides’ view on a (post)colonial place: Tsingtau/Qingdao, China

  • Travel guides and travel reports constitute an important source for the generation and spread of popular geopolitical epistemes and assumptions. With regard to colonial attitudes and their possible perpetuation, it is therefore of great interest what kind of information such texts convey regarding (post)colonial places, and how they contextualize it. The paper compares descriptions of Qingdao (Tsingtau), a German colonized territory between 1897 and 1914, in travel guides and related material from colonial and postcolonial times and in different European languages. It investigates what differences can be found between these descriptions in relation to time, language, and medium (print or online) of publication. Of particular interest is the question whether, and in what ways, colonial perspectives are perpetuated in present-day (especially German) travel literature.

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Author:Doris StolbergORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Journal of Postcolonial Linguistics
Publisher:International Association for Colonial and Postcolonial Linguistics
Place of publication:Helsinki
Editor:Susana S. Fernández, Carsten Levisen
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2021
Date of Publication (online):2021/07/30
Tag:Tsingtau; colonialism; popular knowledge; postcolonialism; travel guides
GND Keyword:Allgemeinwissen; China; Geopolitik; Kolonialismus; Kolonie; Postkolonialismus; Reisebericht; Reiseführer; Reiseliteratur; Tsingtau
First Page:81
Last Page:117
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Angewandte Linguistik
Program areas:L1: Lexikographie und Sprachdokumentation
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International