Bodies and StructuresMain MenuWhat We're DoingOverview essayHow to Use This SiteAn orientationModulesList of modulesTag MapConceptual indexComplete Grid VisualizationGrid Visualization of Bodies and StructuresGeotagged MapGeographic IndexWhat We LearnedContributors share what they learned through the Bodies and Structures process.ReferencesReferences tag for all modules and essayContributorsContributor BiosAcknowledgementsAcknowledgementsContact usContact information pageLicensing and ImagesThe original content of this site is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND International 4.0 License.Kate McDonald306bb1134bc892ab2ada669bed7aecb100ef7d5fDavid Ambaras1337d6b66b25164b57abc529e56445d238145277 This publication is hosted on resources provided by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences IT department at NC State University.
Marginal lives, representative patterns
12018-07-15T23:36:53-04:00David Ambaras1337d6b66b25164b57abc529e56445d23814527722plain2018-08-31T16:33:50-04:00David R. AmbarasDavid Ambaras1337d6b66b25164b57abc529e56445d238145277The Foreign Ministry archives, along with other sources, reveal not only the difficulties encountered by consular authorities and police agents in reaching or extricating Japanese women, but also — especially — the complexities of the lives in which they sought to intervene. The women who appear in the Foreign Ministry archives came from all over Japan, and from urban as well as rural areas. Many came from families that had already been on the move — for example, to the northern frontier of Hokkaidō and Karafuto. Some of the women were reported simply to have been working at home after completing elementary schooling when they became involved with a Chinese peddler. Others had been indentured to textile factories, or placed as housemaids or waitresses away from their families; a few had also moved around as more privileged students; and some had run away from home to Tokyo, Osaka, or other places. Some, like Ogura Nobu, had already been in and out of common-law or legal marriages with Japanese men (having run away or been abandoned or become widows) and had given birth to children. A number of them had led desperate lives before encountering their Chinese partners, and may have married these men out of a desire to find a way out of those hardships; others had relationships with more than one Chinese partner. These women thus often occupied marginal positions within Japanese territorial and social space. Yet on the other hand, they were representative of a large swathe of Japanese womanhood, whose experiences of mobility and intimate personal struggles are only partly captured in existing studies of factories, education, or domesticity and consumerism.
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12018-07-15T22:13:46-04:00Hōrōki, 1935 film6Horōki (Diary of a Vagabond), 1935, dir. Kimura Sotoji. The first film adaptation of Hayashi Fumiko's 1930 quasi-autobiographical account of gendered marginality, material hardships, and troubled relationships (it was remade in 1962 by Naruse Mikio). Hayashi's book and its two sequels sold 600,000 copies between 1930 and 1932. Hayashi was the daughter of a woman in her third marriage; her father refused to acknowledge her as his legitimate daughter, and soon soon took in a geisha as a mistress, prompting mother and daughter to leave the house. Hayashi's mother then married another man twenty years younger than she, and the three of them worked as peddlers in northern Kyushu, Japan's coal country. After completing her schooling, Hayashi moved to Tokyo, where she took a range of jobs, including maid, factory worker, and café waitress, as she pursued a literary career. Biographical details from Lane Dunlop, "Preface," in Fumiko Hayashi, Floating Clouds, tr. Lane Dunlop (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006). For a translation of Diary of a Vagabond, see Joan E. Ericson, Be a Woman: Hayashi Fumiko and Modern Japanese Women's Literature (Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 1997).plain2018-09-12T15:18:46-04:00