Resources, events, and announcements on East Asian studies.
Blood Brothers: Racial Passing and Male Bonding in Japanese Yakuza Films
By Su Chen on February 26, 2010 12:09 PM
the Western gangster film, the Japanese yakuza film has long been a
site for the co-articulation of racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and
class differences.Not surprisingly, Korean residents of Japan (so-called zainichi
Koreans) have played a central role in the development of this genre,
especially from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, when the yakuza film
was at the height of its popularity and when Japan began to reexamine its (post)colonial past in response to domestic and international crises.This
talk looks at three yakuza films from this period that focus on racial
tensions and gender anxieties between yakuza and zainichi Koreans.In
particular, Professor Scott will discuss how the acts of racial passing
and male bonding in these films reflect larger concerns about Japanese
national identity and masculinity through the bloody body of the
zainichi Korean male subject.
Presenter: Christopher Scott
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: 710 Social Sciences West Bank,Social Sciences
D. Scott is Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian Languages
and Cultures at Macalester College, where he teaches courses in
Japanese, modern Japanese literature and film, race and ethnic studies,
and translation studies.This talk is from his current book project, Invisible Men:Race, Masculinity, and Zainichi Korean Subjectivity in Postwar Japanese Culture.