Hidden Treasures: Lives of First-Generation Korean Women in Japan - Asia/Pacific/Perspectives (Paperback)
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Hidden Treasures: Lives of First-Generation Korean Women in Japan - Asia/Pacific/Perspectives (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 26/11/2004
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Ten first-generation Korean women who migrated to Japan during Korea's colonial period tell their compelling stories in Hidden Treasures. Powerful narratives of migration, minority life, gender discrimination, and the often difficult social relations between Korean immigrants and the Japanese are included, written in the women's own words. During the colonial era, many Koreans came to Japan as migrant workers in search of a better life or were drafted as laborers. After 1945 they lost citizenship and were left to exist on the fringes of society. With fewer societal options available, women in particular were forced to transform and adapt. The women in this volume participated in tumultuous times in the modern history of Korea and Japan, involving physical, psychological, geographic, and cultural displacements. These women transformed themselves in multiple ways: one from colonial subject to diasporic subject, another from a young and naive virgin bride to a self-made matriarch. Each transformation involved risk, determination, and pain as the women grappled with multilayered structures of gendered, colonial, ethnic, and socioeconomic relations of power. Many of these transformations, however, also entailed self-enhancement, fulfillment, accomplishment, and, at times, triumph and joy. An introduction by leading researcher Sonia Ryang provides context for the very personal stories of these ten women. This unparalleled social history of Korean women in Japan will engage both students and general readers.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742535954
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 313 g
Dimensions: 227 x 153 x 12 mm


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Well-chosen photographs enhance the graceful, intelligently annotated narratives. Sonia Ryang's introduction contextualizes the women's lives, and the fine bibliography directs readers toward further study. Highly recommended. * CHOICE *
Kim presents the life stories of ten first-generation Korean immigrant women in Japan, that enrich our understanding of the social conditions and political dynamics of Koreans in Japan, and the legacies of the past that the new generation of Korean women in Japan must face and overcome. * Reference and Research Book News *
These voices preserve for us the bravery and resilience of these ten women, and through them we can sense the tribulations and triumphs of all those others who cannot speak. For making this amount of oral history available and for deciphering the stories of these women, Jackie Kim deserves our gratitude. * Japan Times *
Jackie Kim's book provides unprecedented insight into the lives of first-generation zainichi women. * Japan Studies *
Hidden Treasures records the recessed but resonant voices of Korean women in Japan. At once poignant and painful, passionate and powerful, the narratives are literally recovered treasures. With Sonia Ryang's rewarding introduction, it is an invaluable contribution to the study of East Asia's tumultuous twentieth century. -- John Lie, University of California, Berkeley

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