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Peace in Northeast Asia: Resolving Japan's Territorial and Maritime Disputes with China, Korea and the Russian Federation (review)

Peace in Northeast Asia: Resolving Japan's Territorial and Maritime Disputes with China, Korea... on general colonial victimization under Japanese rule.4 Her strength in complicating the definition and parameters of "comfort women" points to a weakness in other such studies that limit agency, that pigeonhole all colonial laborers--sexual or other--into one paradigmatic story. On the other hand, the similarities that exist in stories of victimization across labor kind and population suggest the necessity of examining forced labor across kind (manual labor, sex labor, military labor). It is a testament to our social values that deems the violation of women as criminal but conscription into the military as honorable, perhaps a reason why the former has gained far more academic attention in Japan's colonial historiography. Comfort Women will deservedly attract much attention--much of it undeservedly negative--over Soh's bold effort to examine ianfu history judiciously. Her relentless effort to investigate the content of labels, rather than to simply accept "politically correct" interpretations, contributes a useful example for future victimization research. Her work should be required reading for all interested in the comfort women and victimization history, colonial and postcolonial studies, as well as issues regarding Japan and Korea reconciliation. Peace in Northeast Asia: Resolving Japan's Territorial and Maritime Disputes with China, Korea and the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Japanese Studies Society for Japanese Studies

Peace in Northeast Asia: Resolving Japan's Territorial and Maritime Disputes with China, Korea and the Russian Federation (review)

The Journal of Japanese Studies , Volume 38 (1) – Feb 1, 2012

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on general colonial victimization under Japanese rule.4 Her strength in complicating the definition and parameters of "comfort women" points to a weakness in other such studies that limit agency, that pigeonhole all colonial laborers--sexual or other--into one paradigmatic story. On the other hand, the similarities that exist in stories of victimization across labor kind and population suggest the necessity of examining forced labor across kind (manual labor, sex labor, military labor). It is a testament to our social values that deems the violation of women as criminal but conscription into the military as honorable, perhaps a reason why the former has gained far more academic attention in Japan's colonial historiography. Comfort Women will deservedly attract much attention--much of it undeservedly negative--over Soh's bold effort to examine ianfu history judiciously. Her relentless effort to investigate the content of labels, rather than to simply accept "politically correct" interpretations, contributes a useful example for future victimization research. Her work should be required reading for all interested in the comfort women and victimization history, colonial and postcolonial studies, as well as issues regarding Japan and Korea reconciliation. Peace in Northeast Asia: Resolving Japan's Territorial and Maritime Disputes with China, Korea and the

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Published: Feb 1, 2012

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