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The US Occupation’s Politics of Censorship towards the Postwar Japanese Leftist Popular Culture, 1946-49: The Case of Hataraku Fujin (Working Women)

Presented by Professor Yumi Soeshima, State University of New York-New Paltz

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 AM
UCLA, Young Research Library, WEC

Presented by Professor Yumi Soeshima, State University of New York-New Paltz

Yumi Soeshima received her PhD in modern Japanese literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was recently a Visiting Research Scholar at Stanford University, where she revised her dissertation titled “The Politics of Gender, Class, and Sexuality in Miyamoto Yuriko’s Fiction” into a publishable manuscript. She is currently a faculty member at the State University of New York-New Paltz, and has taught at Rice, Brown, Vanderbilt, and Duke University.  Dr. Soeshima is a specialist on Miyamoto Yuriko (1899-1951), a Japanese Marxist-Feminist writer, critic, and political activist, who was active during the most controversial period in modern Japanese history. Soeshima’s research focuses on narrative and modernity in Japanese literature and her expertise is in comparative literature and literary theory. She has published articles on Miyamoto’s works and presented papers at national and international conferences.

Yumi is visiting UCLA to conduct her research on the US Occupation’s censorship towards Hataraku Fujin (Working Women), a Japanese women’s journal, published from 1946 until 1950.  She is supported by a Prange Collection Travel Grant, which was established by the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies to support scholars who wish to come to UCLA to utilize the Gordon W. Prange Collection microform set housed at the Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library.

Light refreshments provided

Cost : Free and Open to the Public


Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, UCLA, Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library

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