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|Other Titles: ||“Buddha Police”: The Image of the Police in the “Taipei Police & Hygiene Exhibition” during the Japanese Colonial Governance|
|Issue Date: ||2016-05-20 15:36:40 (UTC+8)|
From November 21 to 25, 1925, the Taipei Prefecture held a five-day “Police and Hygiene Exhibition.” The organizers made a special poster: “Buddha Police.” In his right hand the policeman holds a sword, and in his left hand he holds a string of Buddhist beads. Although his eyes and mouth are closed, he appears to be quietly murmuring. What he is meditating on, can be deduced from the three hands to his left and right, the subjects he contacts, and the four-character phrases surround-ing the contacts: “Passing from the Left,” “Banning Ideology,” “Arrest-ing Criminals”, “Rescue and Aid”, “Improving Aboriginal Living Con-ditions” and “Disease Prevention.”\r In contrast to the unique background of the rise of early modern European police mechanisms, the police system in Taiwan during Japa-nese governance was established because of the colonizers’ need to dominate, despite the fact that in this period, colonizers wanted a civi-lized, enlightened, unselfish, and sacrificial image created to save the people from all hardships. But the colonizers, with their mentality of ethnic and cultural superiority, were only rewarded with sarcastic refer-ences to police politics, the police state, and the all-powerful police by the colonized as a reprimand to the lawless actions of the colonizers. Ultimately, they even wished to establish a constitutional system to monitor and control the exercise of power by the police.
|Relation: ||法學評論, 112, 1-44|
|Data Type: ||article|
|Appears in Collections:||[法學評論 TSSCI] 期刊論文|
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