Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during World War II

Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during World War II

by Takashi Fujitani
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520262239

ISBN-13: 9780520262232

Pub. Date: 11/01/2011

Publisher: University of California Press


Race for Empire offers a profound and challenging reinterpretation of nationalism, racism, and wartime mobilization during the Asia-Pacific war. In parallel case studies—of Japanese Americans mobilized to serve in the United States Army and of Koreans recruited or drafted into the Japanese military—T. Fujitani examines the U.S. and Japanese…  See more details below

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Race for Empire offers a profound and challenging reinterpretation of nationalism, racism, and wartime mobilization during the Asia-Pacific war. In parallel case studies—of Japanese Americans mobilized to serve in the United States Army and of Koreans recruited or drafted into the Japanese military—T. Fujitani examines the U.S. and Japanese empires as they struggled to manage racialized populations while waging total war. Fujitani probes governmental policies and analyzes representations of these soldiers—on film, in literature, and in archival documents—to reveal how characteristics of racism, nationalism, capitalism, gender politics, and the family changed on both sides. He demonstrates that the United States and Japan became increasingly alike over the course of the war, perhaps most tellingly in their common attempts to disavow racism even as they reproduced it in new ways and forms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520262232
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Series:
Asia Pacific Modern Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Romanization and Naming
Commonly Used Acronyms


Introduction: Ethnic and Colonial Soldiers and the Politics of Disavowal

Part One: From Vulgar to Polite Racism
1. Right to Kill, Right to Make Live: Koreans as Japanese
2. “Very Useful and Very Dangerous”: The Global Politics of Life, Death, and Race

Part Two: Japanese as Americans
3. Subject to Choice, Labyrinth of (Un)freedom
4. Reasoning, Counterreasonings, and Counter-conduct
5. Go for Broke, the Movie: The Transwar Making of American Heroes

Part Three: Koreans as Japanese
6. National Mobilization
7. Nation, Blood, and Self-Determination
8. The Colonial and National Politics of Gender, Sex, and Family

Epilogue: “Four Volunteer Soldiers”

Notes
Selected Bibliography

Index

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