Sonia C. Gomez, University of Chicago | Newberry

Sonia C. Gomez, University of Chicago

Friday, February 22, 2019

3 to 5pm

Gender and Sexuality Seminar

“Japanese Laborers in the Guise of Wives”: Gender, Labor, and the Anti-Japanese Movement

This paper examines how the specter of Japanese women’s reproductive and productive labor became a source of deep anxiety for anti-Japanese exclusionists in the early 20thcentury United States. I examine popular and political discourse of the era to reveal how a racialized fear of Japanese women’s labor capacities led to a gender panicthat incited the anti-Japanese movement and ultimately led to exclusion.

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