Where is Home when Twilight Grows Dark?
Researching into Hsu Na-Ying Adherents' Consciousness
Research conducted with the intention of “Adherents’ Consciousness” is a common way to discuss literature. Although the Archimedes point of the conceptions concluded “National Imagination” and “Political Identification,” it was seldom discussed in previous studies. As the frontier of the Ching Empire, Taiwan residents always suffered from poor governmental efficiency and frequent commotion. Could the Taiwanese hold strong loyalty to the Ching Empire, becoming adherents of the Ex-Dynasty, when Taiwan was ceded to Japan in 1895? At that moment, the Ching Empire had not yet been overthrown. How could the literati claim to be Adherents of the ex-dynasty? Wouldn’t that mean the Adherents’ Consciousness was linked to the pain of abandoning their home and being exiled? To approach these questions, we focused on Hsu Na-Ying, a Jin-Shi (進士) of Tainan city, to research his Adherents’ Consciousness through his thoughts and deeds, the relationship between himself and the Ching Empire, then viewing how he imagined the Ching Empire and the nation. Finally, we would discuss his poems, and attempted to outline the meaning of “Adherents’ Consciousness.”
Keywords: Hsu Na-Ying (許南英), Tainan, Adherents’ Consciousness, Diaspora