Sundered Voices, Streets of Privilege: Lived-in Intricacies of the Japanese Colonial Empire in Korea and Manchuria

Kyu Hyun Kim, University of California Davis

Nayoung Aimee Kwon. Intimate Empire: Collaboration and Colonial Modernity in Korea and Japan.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015. 296 pp. $90 (cloth), $25 (paper).

Emer O'Dwyer. Significant Soil: Settler Colonialism and Japan's Urban Empire in Manchuria. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015. 528 pp. $60 (cloth).

Article Preview

In the last decade, English-language studies of Japanese colonialism seem to have turned a new leaf. The book-length studies under review here... are two fine examples of the new types of scholarship tackling the problem of Japanese colonial empire. Kwon and O’Dwyer not only chart and navigate new territories in their respective scholarly subfields—late colonial Korean literature and Japanese colonial experiences in Northeast China—but also showcase new levels of sophisticated and thoughtful engagement with Korean- and Japanese-language historiography....