A Language for Asia? Transnational Encounters in the Japanese Esperanto Movement, 1906–28

  • Ian Rapley
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series book series (PMSTH)


In the summer of 1887, Ludovic Zamenhof, a Jewish ophthalmologist writing under the pseudonym “Dr Esperanto,” published a pamphlet in Warsaw, detailing “Lingvo Internacia,” a proposed language for international communication. This language came to be known by the name under which he wrote, growing as a movement and community that peaked in the interwar years, and continues today. Forty years after its original description, Akita Ujaku, a Japanese playwright visiting Moscow to attend the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution, found Esperanto to be the solution to a set of problems he was having and promoted its use in official meetings as well as for more personal encounters in Moscow and beyond.


Language Problem Indian Philosophy Language Planning Japanese Language International Language 
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