In his article "Reinterpreting History and Gujin's (古今) Cultural Practices," Chao Liu analyzes the moral norms established by Gujin 古今 (Past and Present), a literary journal that emerged in occupied Shanghai in the 1940s, through the lens of historical narratives and the strategies Gujin intellectuals employed to subvert fundamentalist nationalism. Liu argues that Gujin created a cultural space between resistance and collaboration which challenged nationalistic imperatives and justified the subsistence of Chinese people under the Japanese occupation by presenting its own principles of social morals and erecting a pantheon of historical figures. Further, Liu posits that the journal manifested a non-cooperative attitude and a form of cultural resistance to Japan's wartime propaganda.
"Reinterpreting History and Gujin's (古今) Cultural Practices."
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