1st Edition

Women in Asia under the Japanese Empire

Edited By Tatsuya Kageki, Jiajia Yang Copyright 2023
    236 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Contributors to this book provide an Asian women’s history from the perspective of gender analysis, assessing Japanese imperial policy and propaganda in its colonies and occupied territories and particularly its impact on women.

    Tackling topics including media, travel, migration, literature, and the perceptions of the empire by the colonized, the authors present an eclectic history, unified by the perspective of gender studies and the spatial and political lens of the Japanese Empire. They look at the lives of women in,Taiwan, Korea, Manchuria, Mainland China, Micronesia, and Okinawa, among others. These women were wives, mothers, writers, migrants, intellectuals and activists, and thus had a very broad range of views and experiences of Imperial Japan. Where women have tended in the past to be studied as objects of the imperial system, the contributors to this book study them as the subject of history, while also providing an outside-in perspective on the Japanese Empire by other Asians.

    A vital new perspective for scholars of twentieth-century history of East Asian countries and regions.


    Kageki Tatsuya and Yang Jiajia

    Part 1. The Ideal of Women Delivered by the Empire

    1. The Japanese Women’s Journals in Colonial Taiwan: The Patriotic Taiwan’s Women and Taiwanese Women’s World

    Wu Peichen

    2. Expressing independence in the midst of collaboration: Female roles in the women’s magazine Qi Lin of Manchukuo

    Wang Wenwen

    3. "Wise Wives and Good Mothers": Disobedience in Disguise under the Collaborationist Regime in Guangzhou (1940–1945)

    Cheung Yin-ki Bianca

    Part 2. Women Traveling in and Writing on Asia

    4. The West, Asia, and Women in Rha Hye-seok’s Travels

    Son Ji-youn, translated by KAGEKI Tatsuya

    5. A Japanese women’s exploration of semi-colonized China: The case of Hayashi Fumiko 's Traveling writing around 1930

    Yang Jiajia

    6. Women’s "language/translation" community in Japan/Korea: Hayashi Fumiko as Japanese imperial novelist

    Ko Young-ran, translated by Jodie Beck

    Part 3. Seeking "Imperial Women" in Colonial Asia

    7. Japanese Women in Colonial Taiwan in the 1930s: Their Identity Formation Under the Influence of Japanese Imperialism by analyzing Taiwan Fujinkai

    Wang Shih-Fen

    8. An Anarchist Woman’s ideological conversion: How Mochizuki Yuriko Became a Nationalist in Manchuria

    Kageki Tatsuya

    9. Statements of "Nanshin Josei" in the 1940s: The Discrepancy between the Representation of "Nanshin Josei" and Their Narratives

    Zhang Ya

    Part 4. The Periphery of Empire

    10. Population Movements of Migrant Okinawan Women during the Development of the Empire: Women’s migration from Okinawa to the South Sea Islands

    Kawashima Jun

    11. Population Movements of Migrant Okinawan Women during the Collapse of the Empire: Wartime Repatriation and Okinawan Women in the South Sea Islands

    Kawashima Jun


    Tatsuya Kageki is a research associate in the faculty of economics of Keio University. His research focused on developing the history of social thought in modern Japan and East Asia.

    Jiajia Yang is an assistant professor in the Research Center for Japanese Language Education and Department of Japanese Language & Literature, College of Foreign Languages and Cultures at Xiamen University. She majors in modern Japanese literature, and comparative literature and culture of Japan and China.