Garden of roses: Nisei women as collaborators in transwar Japan /

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Author / Creator:Buxton, Anne Carlton, author.
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2016
Description:1 electronic resource (315 pages)
Format: E-Resource Dissertations
Local Note:School code: 0330
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Other authors / contributors:University of Chicago. degree granting institution.
Notes:Advisors: James E. Ketelaar Committee members: Kyeong-Hee Choi; Hoyt Long.
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Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 77-10(E), Section: A.
Summary:"Garden of Roses" sheds light on a slice of history that has been both understudied and misconstrued over the past six decades: the challenges faced by second-generation ("Nisei") Japanese Americans who, either by choice or by circumstance, weathered the years of U.S.-Japanese conflict on the Japanese front. Employing ethnicity and gender as analytical concepts, this study examines the self-regulation and self-representation of American-born Nisei women in transwar Japan as inspired by the historical realities of their physical and discursive environment. The analysis re-thinks "collaboration" as a process of assimilation wherein an individual both consciously and subconsciously regulates her behavior, appearance, and expression in order to survive and thrive. Chapter One considers collaboration vis-a-vis ethnic ambiguity, investigating Nisei assimilation as "passing" in prewar America and Japan. Chapter Two explores the economic and physical realities of wartime Japan as experienced by women---the last line of defense on the Japanese home front. The final chapter turns to occupied Japan, highlighting the significance of memory and emotion in the public representation of collaboration. By excavating the everyday lives, education, opportunities, social expectations, and treatment of Nisei women in transwar Japan---as lived and remembered---"Garden of Roses" aims at a more nuanced understanding of collaboration, assimilation, and the ambiguities of loyalty and treason.