Creating Subaltern Counterpublics: Korean Women in Japan and Their Struggle for Night School
Kyoto University Press and Trans Pacific Press
9781925608915 for international/ 9784814000890 for Japan
This multidisciplinary book explores the postcolonial experiences of Zainichi Korean women living at the heart of Korean community in Osaka, Japan. It focuses on the experiences of women who attended night school. A subaltern counterpublic created through education facilitated these women to engage in political activities, while their aspiration for equality was shadowed by male dominant Korean ethno-national movements. The book shows how these activists developed new subjectivities, created new social spaces, forged new forms of solidarity and achieved social transformation. The book provides a subtle and theoretically-sophisticated exploration of Zainichi Korean women’s activism around access to literacy, education and social services. The Japanese version of this book was awarded Yamakawa Kikue Prize and the Words and Gender Prize.