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positions: asia critique (1 August 2013) 21 (3): 607–636.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Christopher P. Hanscom This article addresses the conjunction of disease, desire, and language in modernist Korean fiction of the late colonial period, particularly in Pak T'aewŏn's representative novella One Day in the Life of the Author, Mr. Kubo (1934). I bring to bear two central concepts on...
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positions: asia critique (1 May 2013) 21 (2): 451–473.
Published: 01 May 2013
... dialectic between authority and autonomy that prevailed in art under the conditions of Japanese modernity. Copyright 2013 by Duke University Press 2013 Authority, Autonomy, and the Early Taisho¯ “Avant-­Garde” Alicia Volk Open one of the astounding number of books (most in...
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positions: asia critique (1 May 2015) 23 (2): 287–316.
Published: 01 May 2015
... that for both the 1930s Korean writers with a background in the communist movement (exemplified here by a female novelist, Paek Sin'ae) and the mainstream authors without any radical connection (typified here by another prose writer, Yi Hyosǒk), Russia and Russians represented a civilizational “middle...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 2016) 24 (1): 17–43.
Published: 01 February 2016
...Purnima Mankekar; Akhil Gupta By examining the affective regimes generated by call center workers in Bangalore, the authors argue that the forms of alienation and intimacy they generate are coimplicated, rather than in opposition, to each other. In contesting the presumption that the intimate is in...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 2016) 24 (1): 281–302.
Published: 01 February 2016
...Sharmila Rudrappa This article builds from the author's transnational fieldwork on surrogacy in India, based on interviews with seventy surrogate mothers, thirty-one egg donors, and twenty intended parents in the United States and Australia. The author's work on global surrogacy is embedded in the...
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positions: asia critique (1 August 2015) 23 (3): 463–486.
Published: 01 August 2015
... of happiness in life, what the game ultimately delivers is a simulation of unmanageable debt and alienation. The author's argument treats Days of Love and Labor as a form of serious play as it inquires into the possible appeal behind this simulation. The first part of the article draws on an...
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positions: asia critique (1 August 2018) 26 (3): 516–546.
Published: 01 August 2018
... undergone the fluctuations of life in response to shifting relationships to Korean Chinese dwellers as well as to political economic transformations across their homeland and the receiving country. The author examines how these migrants experience and respond to endemic fear of becoming a “loser,” a...
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positions: asia critique (1 August 2008) 16 (3): 491–505.
Published: 01 August 2008
...Wen Tiejun Within China, evaluating the experiences of the reform since 1978 is a hot topic among intellectuals. However, the economic theories in today's China are almost all imported from abroad and cannot adequately explain China's economic development. The author, having been long engaged in...
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positions: asia critique (1 August 2012) 20 (3): 885–910.
Published: 01 August 2012
...Long Bui Using the television program Vietnam Idol as a case study, the author demonstrates that even though shows like this aim to bring Viet Nam into the fold of global culture, it reconfigures dominant notions of “culture” and reinforces certain mappings of power. At the very moment it brings...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 2016) 24 (1): 155–177.
Published: 01 February 2016
...Eileen Otis In her best-selling book, Beautiful Faces Grow Rice ( Meili liandan zhang dami ), author Lu Junqing articulated an emergent aesthetic and economic logic: women's pursuit of beauty is the most certain means of achieving career success. In an industry that is rapidly growing, millions of...
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positions: asia critique (1 August 2015) 23 (3): 411–435.
Published: 01 August 2015
...—the authors trace the development of the Foxconn Technology Group as a case that demonstrates the aggressive nature of capital expansion in China and its impact on the lives of Chinese workers. While the Foxconn Group produces Apple products for the world's consumers, it simultaneously produces a new...
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positions: asia critique (1 May 2019) 27 (2): 397–420.
Published: 01 May 2019
... Governor General to suggest that even amid Park Chung Hee’s Yushin era, which enforced media censorship and dictated nationalist propaganda, documentation and dramatization in radio enthusiastically played with alternative truths. This, the author argues, happened in radio broadcasting because its sori...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 2017) 25 (1): 101–124.
Published: 01 February 2017
... Again , dir. Ramesh Saigal, 1958)—that featured Bombay in a prominent role and delivered it to the Indian public as an iconic space oscillating between exuberance and disenchantment. The author analyzes how these musical sequences use performance, music, and set design to reimagine the metropolis as a...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 2010) 18 (1): 145–169.
Published: 01 February 2010
...Gavin Walker As an author, a figure, and as an author who relied on figurations of himself as a primary device, Mishima Yukio (1925–1970) has existed in a complex relationship to criticism and literary history. Criticism of Mishima's work and life has often taken for granted the network of...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 2014) 22 (1): 103–130.
Published: 01 February 2014
...Yoon Sun Yang Yi Injik's Tears of Blood (1906) is the pioneering piece of “new fiction” ( sin sosŏl ). As many works of this male-authored genre revolve around women's conflicts regarding marriage, family, and home life, literary critics often condescendingly disregard them as domestic fiction, an...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 2016) 24 (1): 179–203.
Published: 01 February 2016
... GIs as powerful agents and of migrant club hostesses as trafficked victims, the author highlights their shared conditions of “indentured mobility” as constrained subjects bound by migrant labor contracts in their quest for mobility. Revisiting the persisting power asymmetry between US GIs and migrant...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 2016) 24 (1): 303–332.
Published: 01 February 2016
...Daisy Deomampo This article explores the phenomenon of transnational reproduction, in which prospective parents travel across national boundaries in order to access assisted reproductive technologies. In particular, the author examines transnational egg donation as an “intimate industry,” focusing...
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positions: asia critique (1 August 2016) 24 (3): 669–692.
Published: 01 August 2016
...EuyRyung Jun In this article, the author discusses how South Korean migrant advocacy that has emerged since the mid-1990s relied on mobilizing the moral responsibility of local civil society and the state on the dehumanizing conditions of foreign workers—most of whom are from China, Southeast Asia...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 2017) 25 (1): 51–99.
Published: 01 February 2017
...Samhita Sunya By charting a genealogy of prem nagar in this article, from its literary antecedents through its cinematic iterations, the author shows that the referent for prem nagar in film songs is derived from a generalized experience of transit to and within the modern-industrial city on the...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 2011) 19 (1): 83–107.
Published: 01 February 2011
....” Proponents of the former condemned the latter as a dangerous threat to “traditional” gender norms. Yet new women—few in number and with their publications closely regulated by government authorities—did not appear to present a threat commensurate with the attacks its critics launched. How should we assess...