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Gender and Law in the Japanese Imperium$
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Susan L. Burns and Barbara J. Brooks

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837150

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837150.001.0001

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A New Perspective on the “Name-Changing Policy” in Korea

A New Perspective on the “Name-Changing Policy” in Korea

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(p.240) Chapter 9 A New Perspective on the “Name-Changing Policy” in Korea
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Gender and Law in the Japanese Imperium
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Matsutani Motokazu

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824837150.003.0010

This chapter takes up one of the most reviled of Japanese colonial policies. This, the so-called name-changing policy, has been widely seen as aimed at forcing Korean families to give up their native Korean-language surnames in favor of entirely Japanese surnames in a harsh culmination of decades of assimilationist policies that included the Japanese-language education of Korean children and compulsory Korean worship at Shinto shrines. However, with a careful review of the ordinances, their actual effects, and a new body of revisionist scholarship, this chapter argues that the policy actually aimed to unify Korean nuclear families, especially through the elevation and better integration of the wife/mother in family units.

Keywords:   name-changing policy, Japanese colonial policies, assimilationist policies, Korean nuclear families, revisionist scholarship

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