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Rethinking Japanese Feminisms$
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Julia C. Bullock, Ayako Kano, and James Welker

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824866693

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824866693.001.0001

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Toward Postcolonial Feminist Subjectivity

Toward Postcolonial Feminist Subjectivity

Korean Women’s Redress Movement for “Comfort Women”

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(p.230) Chapter 13 Toward Postcolonial Feminist Subjectivity
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Rethinking Japanese Feminisms
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Akwi Seo

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824866693.003.0014

The issue of “comfort women” urged a self-revision of Japanese women’s movements in the 1990s from “victim” to “assailant,” from monolith to multiplicity, revealing a legacy of colonialism and racism within Japanese feminism. A group of women of Korean origin played a significant role in advancing the redress movement in Japan. Korean Women’s Network on the Comfort Women Issue (JŪgun Ianfu Mondai Uri Yoson Nettowāku) emerged as the first grassroots movement that drew attention to multiple forms of oppression and the specific identity and positioning of Korean women in Japan. Through this movement, Yeoseong Network criticized their marginalization and invisibility in Japanese society as well as the sexism in the ethnic Korean community. Bridging women’s movements in Japan and Korea, it broke ground for transnational feminist solidarity in East Asia. This chapter explores the complexity of liberation for ethnic minority women.

Keywords:   Zainichi Chōsenjin, Korean diaspora, transnational feminism, women’s liberation, minority women’s activism, agency

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