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Fraternization: Delineating Boundaries of Expression in US-Occupied Japan

Colloquium presented by Dr. Jonathan Glade, UCLA Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow of 2013-2014

Monday, September 30, 2013
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Royce Hall, Room 314
Los Angeles, CA 90095

As part of its post–World War II occupation of Japan (1945–1952), the US Military established a system of censorship that required careful navigation for those who wished publish their work and avoid punishment meted out by occupation authorities and domestic leaders. One of the primary targets of censorship during the occupation was “fraternization”: loosely defined as both explicit portrayals of relations between occupation troops and Japanese women as well as allusions to such relations. In addition to representing a link with Japan’s prior imperial expansion throughout Asia—similar to the structure of censorship itself, the suppression of portrayals of fraternization significantly limited the ability to conduct thorough assessments of Japan’s imperial past and discouraged open critiques of the US Military Occupation. This resulted in the construction of a discursive boundary that continued to impact cultural production in Japan long after the occupation’s end.

Cost : Free and open to UCLA students, faculty, staff, and invited guests

Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

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