Book Announcement: Zainichi Korean Women in Japan: Voices

Zainichi Korean Women in Japan: Voices 

by Jackie Kim-Wachutka.



Presenting the voices of a unique group within contemporary Japanese society—Zainichi women—this book provides a fresh insight into their experiences of oppression and marginalization that over time have led to liberation and empowerment. Often viewed as unimportant and inconsequential, these women’s stories and activism are now proving to be an integral part of both the Zainichi Korean community and Japanese society.

Featuring in-depth interviews from 1994 to the present, three generations of Zainichi Korean women—those who migrated from colonial Korea before or during WWII and the Asia-Pacific War and their Japan-born descendants—share their version of history, revealing their lives as members of an ethnic minority. Discovering voices within constricting patriarchal traditions, the women in this book are now able to tell their history. Ethnography, interviews, and the women’s personal and creative writings offer an in-depth look into their intergenerational dynamics and provide a new way of exploring the hidden inner world of migrant women and the different ways displacement affects subsequent generations.

This book goes beyond existing Anglophone and Japanese literatures, to explore the lives of the Zainichi Korean women. As such, it will be invaluable to students and scholars of Japanese and Korean history, culture and society, as well as ethnicity and Women’s Studies.


Table of Contents
Prologue: Two Generations of Women
1. Personal Narratives as History
2. Aging in a Foreign Land
3. Taking Care of “Our” Own
4. Second-Generation Women’s Memory and Cultural Identity
5. The Zainichi Women’s Journals Hōsenka and Chi ni fune o koge
6. Selves In-Between: Nostalgia, and Longing
7. Chōsen Woman and the Chŏgori
8. Mother, Daughter, Woman, Person
9. Flowing Times: Passing of an Era
Epilogue: Voices


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2019 International Summer School for Japanese Traditional Musical Instruments

(reposting from Society for Ethnomusicology listserve)

Seiha Hôgaku-kai, one of the most prestigious koto schools in Japan, is
holding its third International Summer School for teaching Japanese
traditional instruments in English.

Date: July 29 to August 3, 2019.
Place: Seiha Hogaku-kai Hall (located in central Tokyo in Shinjuku-ku)
Instruments taught: koto (zither), shamisen (three-stringed lute), shakuhachi (bamboo end-blown flute), kokyû (bowed lute)

String instruments (koto, shamisen and kokyu) will be provided free of charge for the use of participants. Beginners who do not have a shakuhachi can order one at a reasonable price.

Students of all levels are welcome.

Please refer to the following link for more details:

Any questions can be directed to Minako Waseda at

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Job Opportunity: Education Abroad Advisor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

job opening - 5Via NAFSA.

Institution: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Location: La Crosse, WI
Education: BA required, MA preferred
Type: Full time
Posted: Jan. 9, 2019


Responsible for promoting and coordinating education abroad opportunities for students, including advising students, supporting faculty in program development, and planning and implementing promotional and outreach activities on campus and in the community. The advisor serves as an integral team member and supports all efforts related to international education at UWL.

Education Abroad Advising: 

• Advise students on opportunities, requirements, and application procedures concerning all UWL sponsored study abroad, exchange, and third party provider programs.
• Coordinate and support faculty led education abroad programs and maintain effective relationships with UWL faculty.
• Advise students and faculty leaders on health, safety, and other pre-departure procedures such as passport, visas, and other entry-requirements.
• Advise students and faculty leaders on UWL education abroad policies and procedures.
• Promote and develop opportunities for students participating in international experiences.
• Maintain international resource center, including the collection and organization of education abroad alumni experiences, program and travel resources, program literature, etc.


• Serve as curriculum integration liaison for UWL academic departments.
• Coordinate recruitment events such as Education Abroad Fairs, UWL class presentations, UWL Admissions events, and new student registration.
• Prepare program information, including promotional flyers, web pages and orientation materials in collaboration with other IEE staff.
• Coordinate and facilitate education abroad pre-departure and re-entry programming.
• Develop and support initiatives that enhance the UWL’s goal of campus internationalization.
• Participate in the selection and training of IEE student staff.

Administrative Responsibilities:

• Participate in the maintenance of the study abroad website and applicant information via Terra Dotta.
• Collaborate with international partners to coordinate program details; including, but not limited to: dates, fees, housing, application/registration of participants and transcripts.
• Provide support for education abroad activities including by not limited to: planning, developing, promoting, and evaluating students’ international experiences; assisting with the development of program budgets and student fees; assisting with flight arrangement; preparing financial aid budgets and other arrangements as necessary.
• Assist Director with new program development

Other Responsibilities:

• Assist with hosting international delegations on campus and in the community.
• Participate in campus and community activities, such as serving on committees and task forces as needed.
• Attend, present, and/or exhibit at education abroad conferences as needed.
• Travel to international partner sites as needed.
• Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, particularly with presentation creation and delivery.
• Strong intercultural and interpersonal communication skills.
• Evidence of strong organizational, administrative, and computer skills.
• Experience working, living, or studying abroad.
• Knowledge and understanding of education abroad best practices.
• Strong customer service skills.
• Ability to be flexible and adaptable in a changing environment while managing multiple priorities.

Domestic and international travel will be necessary and occasional evenings and weekends to meet the needs of unit.

Preferred Qualifications: 

• Master’s degree.
• Experience working in an international education office (preferably education abroad).
• Experiences with student management software such as Terra Dotta or Peoplesoft.
• Ability to work independently and part of a team to reach campus international education goals.

Internal Number: 774
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Job Opening: International Admission Counselor, Upper Iowa University

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Posted January 9, 2019
Location: Fayette, Iowa
Type: Full Time – Entry Level
Required Education: 4 Year Degree


Upper Iowa University is hiring an International Admission Counselor. This position serves as the primary university contact for potential international students from Asia interested in studying at Upper Iowa University. This position will work as a key university representative to identify and develop partnerships, programs and resources internationally, and work as a team member to execute the implementation of the recruitment strategy for the Center for International Education. The International Admission Counselor will serve as a resource for Upper Iowa University on issues regarding international recruitment and enrollment. This position will focus mainly in recruiting students from Asia although other areas may be assigned. A bachelor’s degree is required.


Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. To apply, visit Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Upper Iowa University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Call for Applicants: PhD Scholarship Japanese Studies, Ghent University (Edo culture/history)

We are pleased to invite applications for a full-time, fully-funded 3-year PhD Fellowship at the University of Ghent. The successful candidate will work on the FWO-funded project The Ethical Body in Early Modern Japanese Health Cultivation, co-supervised by Prof. Andreas Niehaus and Dr. Angelika Koch at Ghent University, and he/she will be expected to complete his PhD on a topic related to Edo-period (1600-1868) health cultivation texts (yōjō). Please note that we are an international team and the language of the project and the dissertation is English; Dutch language skills are not expected.

The post will be tenable from Oct 1, 2019 for three years, with a monthly net bursary of minimum 2.015,51 Euro (depending on seniority/prior employment) and a generous fixed bench fee of 3.720 Euro per year (for fieldwork, research material, conference travel)

I would be extremely grateful if you could circulate this to interested students. For further details, please see the information attached below.

Contact details:

Dr. Angelika Koch

What we are looking for:


  • MA degree in Japanese Studies and/or Japanese History
  • Excellent modern and pre-modern Japanese language skills (bungo)
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Ability to work in a team


  • Background or demonstrated interest in Tokugawa intellectual history

What we offer:

  • The opportunity to work collaboratively with a team of international researchers
  • Guidance for PhD research by two experts on the subject of the early modern body/health
  • Training in advanced research skills (kuzushiji etc.)
  • Opportunity to gain teaching experience (in English)
  • Salary: annual bursary of minimum net 2.015,51 Euro + fixed annual bench fee of 3.720 Euro
  • An international and vibrant scholarly community at the University of Ghent, a Top 100 University in the beautiful medieval city of Ghent

What to submit:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Writing sample (ideally your undergraduate thesis, or a seminar paper)
  • Topic proposal (max. 2 pages) (optional)

Application deadline is Feb 8, 2019.

For further enquiries:

Dr. Angelika Koch

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Job Opening: Postdoc – Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

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The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow (discipline open) for the academic year 2019-20. Based at Doshisha University, KCJS is an undergraduate study abroad program governed by a consortium of thirteen American universities and administered by the Office of Global Programs & Fellowships at Columbia University.

The KCJS Fellow is expected to engage in his/her own research while teaching one course each semester in Kyoto. One course should be in the fellow’s own field of special interest, while the second course, normally taught in the spring semester, should be a broad introductory survey of Japanese civilization, aimed at students who are just beginning to learn about Japan. Such a survey may be provided with a particular disciplinary emphasis—such as art, religion, or literature—but both courses should be designed to appeal to a wide range of majors and take full advantage of the KCJS location, in order to enrich the students’ knowledge of Kyoto and the Kansai region.

Additional responsibilities include: assisting the resident director with the students’ academic orientation session at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters; advising students on academic and career planning matters; and attending occasional KCJS-sponsored co-curricular events. The Fellow is also expected to engage in the academic life of Kyoto through involvement in research study groups at Doshisha or other local universities.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in a Japan-related field by the start of the fellowship. It is preferred that the candidate have relevant undergraduate teaching experience, previous experience living or studying in Japan, and Japanese language and cultural fluency.

The term of appointment is from August 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020, with a ten-month salary of $50,000 or the equivalent. Round-trip transportation from the U.S.(or home country) to Japan for the fellow and immediate family members which may include a spouse/partner and one child under 18 years of age will be provided, and up to $5,000 is reimbursable for research expenses. A private office equipped with a desktop computer and printer which is located on the Doshisha campus alongside the KCJS team will be provided.

For more information about the KCJS program, please visit

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Book Announcement: Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline

Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline
David Leheny

Empire of Hope asks how emotions become meaningful in political life. In a diverse array of cases from recent Japanese history, David Leheny shows how sentimental portrayals of the nation and its global role reflect a durable story of hopefulness about the country’s postwar path. From the medical treatment of conjoined Vietnamese children, victims of Agent Orange, the global promotion of Japanese popular culture, a tragic maritime accident involving a US Navy submarine, to the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, this story has shaped the way in which political figures, writers, officials, and observers have depicted what the nation feels.

Expressions of national emotion do several things: they construct the boundaries of the national body, they inform and discipline appropriate expression, and they depoliticize messy problems that threaten to produce divisive questions about winners and losers. Most important, they work because they appear to be natural, simple and expected expressions of how the nation shares feeling, even when they paper over the extraordinary divergence in how the nation’s citizens experience each incident. In making its arguments, Empire of Hope challenges how we read the relations between emotion and politics by arguing—unlike those who build from the neuroscientific turn in the social sciences or those developing affect theory in the humanities—that the focus should be on emotional representation rather than on emotion itself.

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