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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

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

Matsutani Motokazu

University of Hawai'i Press

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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