Journal article

Caught between empire and occupation: censorship, deimperialization, and Koreans in postwar Japan

Jonathan Glade

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019


The collapse of the Japanese Empire in 1945 plunged East Asia into a state of flux and upheaval, making necessary the redrawing of geopolitical borders and the redefining the “boundaries” of nationality, language, and legal status. As part of this broader process, Koreans in occupied postwar Japan, via the platform of the magazine Democratic Korea (Minshu Chōsen), advocated for a joint process of decolonization and deimperialization whereby both Koreans and Japanese could construct a society free of imperial hierarchies. U.S. Military Occupation policy and censorship, however, thwarted these efforts and disallowed the possibility for the inclusion of a Korean subjectivity within the space of th..

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