Sex Among Allies: Military Prostitution in U.S.-Korea Relations / Edition 1

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Overview

This study examines and illuminates how the lives of Korean prostitutes in the 1970s served as the invisible underpinnings to US-Korean military policies at the highest level.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

J. Ann Tickner

In a carefully researched study of U.S. military prostitution in Korea, Moon validates Cynthia Enloe's claim that the personal is international. These moving stories tell how the lives of Korean prostitutes in the 1970s served as nearly invisible instruments of U.S.-Korean military policies at the highest level. Moon's innovative case study demonstrates how a Cold War alliance was maintained at the price of these women's personal insecurity and challenges us to reconsider the human costs of international security policies.

J. Ann Tickner
In a carefully researched study of U.S. military prostitution in Korea, Moon validates Cynthia Enloe's claim that the personal is international. These moving stories tell how the lives of Korean prostitutes in the 1970s served as nearly invisible instruments of U.S.-Korean military policies at the highest level. Moon's innovative case study demonstrates how a Cold War alliance was maintained at the price of these women's personal insecurity and challenges us to reconsider the human costs of international security policies.
U.S.Korea Review
Drawing on a vast array of data­­archival materials, interviews with officials, social workers, and the candid revelations of sex industry workers -Moon explores the way in which the bodies of Korean prostitutes -where, when, and how they worked and lived -were used by the US and the Korean governments in their security agreements. . . .marginalized and made invisible in militarily dependent societies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231106436
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine H. S. Moon is assistant professor of political science at Wellesley College.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Prologue 1
1 Partners in Prostitution 17
2 Interstate Relations and Women 48
3 U.S.-ROK Security and Civil-Military Relations: The Camptown Clean-Up Campaign 57
4 The Role of Women in the Clean-Up Campaign: "Personal Ambassadors" 84
5 The Clean-Up Campaign as Public Relations and "Private Diplomacy" 104
6 The International Is Personal: Effects of the Clean-Up Campaign on Kijich'on Women 127
Epilogue 149
App. 1. Interviews 161
App. 2. Tables 165
Notes 173
Bibliography 213
Index 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2002

    Excellent insight into a little known corner of the US military experience in Asia

    The book provides an excellent review of relations between the US and Korea -- a valuable resource at the present moment, when anti-Americanism is on the rise in South Korea, and as the US government pursues the other end of the so-called "axis of evil" in North Korea. Moon's book exposes a scene that rarely gets any media attention in the US: the impact that US soldiers have on the local women where they are stationed in other countries. Most important, Moon opens a window on the suffering -- in personal terms -- of the women who serve US solidiers, and the strength they show as they deal with this situation and struggle against it. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2000

    not as good as its title

    This book is neither as titilating as its title nor its cover photo. Rather, it is a middling academic volume documenting that when a foreign army is in town, a) local elites cooperate with the military authorities to provide commercial sex, b) when the army in question is the US army, black and white troops frequent different establishments, and c) the women involved did not regard their activities as their patriotic duty. Martin Limon's 'Jade Lady Burning' covers the same ground in the form of a detective novel and is an easier read.

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