2018: Tsushima Yūko
The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 16 | Issue 12 | Number 7 | Jun 15, 2018
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The Remains of the Japanese Empire: Tsushima Yūko's
All Too Barbarian; Reed Boat, Flying; and Wildcat Dome
Peichen Wu and Michael Bourdaghs
This article focuses on three of Tsushima Yūko’s later works. It examines Tsushima’s criticism of Japanese ruling policy, especially aboriginal policies in colonial Taiwan, in All Too Barbarian. The second, Reed Boat, Flying, exposes the repressed history of how, just after Japan’s defeat in the Second World War, Japanese women returning from Manchuria who were raped by Russian or other foreign soldiers and were forced into having abortions. Wildcat Dome, written after the 3.11 disasters, discloses how the inter-racial children born between Japanese women and American soldiers were discriminated against in postwar Japan.