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To Live to WorkFactory Women in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945$
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Janice C.H. Kim

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759090

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759090.001.0001

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The Pacific War and the Life Courses of Working Women

The Pacific War and the Life Courses of Working Women

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(p.127) Five The Pacific War and the Life Courses of Working Women
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To Live to Work
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759090.003.0006

This chapter investigates the Pacific war and its impact on women workers. It first reviews the operational changes in the procedures of production and labor mobilization during the late 1930s, and women's roles within Japan's designs for victory. The chapter also connects the transformations of the last decade of colonial rule with the stories of firsthand observers. Female factory workers of the colonial era appear as a group of women who rapidly rose and declined in significance. Women employed in machine and machine tool-making enterprises, particularly the operatives of the Fujikoshi factory in Toyama, experienced ritualized work routines and lifestyles. The Pacific War affirmed that crisis and opportunity were coupled with timing. Korean women who entered wage work during this war influenced the social progressions of the latter half of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Pacific war, female factory workers, labor mobilization, Fujikoshi factory, Toyama, Korean women

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