The Colonial and National Politics of Gender, Sex, and Family

T. Fujitani

in Race for Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262232
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950368 | DOI:
The Colonial and National Politics of Gender, Sex, and Family

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This chapter builds on the discussion in Chapter 7, focusing on the mutually constitutive character of discourses on gender, romance, and family, on the one hand, and nation and colony on the other. Although scholars have paid some attention to mobilization of the discourse on ethnic sameness between Japanese and Koreans to legitimate Japanese colonial rule in Korea, there has been virtually no analysis of the ways in which discourses and practices regarding gender, sex, and the family supplemented and helped constitute those on ethnic unity. Such a problematic will require the untangling of the knots of colonial discourses and practices, and a demonstration of how the simple binary of colonizers and colonized can show us only one dimension, however important, of Japanese colonial rule—especially during the late colonial period, when official discourses and practises increasingly included Koreans in an expanding conception of the Japanese nation.

Keywords: gender discourse; romance; nation; Japanese; Koreans; colonial rule

Chapter.  16883 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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