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Kirsch, Griseldis (2009) 'Japanisch-chinesische Begegnungen im Genre Yakuza-Film [Japanese-Chinese Encounters in the yakuza-film genre].' In: Distelrath, Günther, (ed.), Refereate des 13. Deutschsprachigen Japanologentags, Band 1 Kultur und Sprachwissenschaft. Bonner Asienstudien Band 8/1. Berlin: EBVerlag, pp. 177-192.

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Throughout the 1990s, an increased number of Chinese characters appearing in the genre of yakuza film could be observed. This increase is part of an Asia boom in Japanese cinema in general. However, this development is paralleled by a discussion on the potential increase of foreign criminality in the non-fictional media in Japan. Many politicians such as Ishihara Shintarō feared that an increased number of foreigners in Japan would also lead to an increased number of crimes. This paper deals with the representations of Chinese and Taiwanese characters in Japanese yakuza films in relation to the idea of foreign criminality. In these films, Kabukichō in Shinjuku in Tōkyō seems to be like a symbol of foreign/Chinese dominance within Japan when it is turned into a quasi-extraterritorial space with only limited Japanese influence. Depending on the film, the various yakuza groups are trying to contain the influence of the Chinese triads. Yet analysing the films from a gender perspective, it becomes evident, that only male Chinese characters are portrayed as ‘threatening’ Japan whereas female Chinese characters are often in need of Japanese support and will sacrifice themselves eventually, leading to a chastening inside the Japanese protagonists. By exploring these various ways of encountering the ‘Other’ in this genre, this paper seeks to work out which concepts of Otherness are used in constructing these representations – and also how the debate on foreign criminality is reflected therein.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea
ISBN: 9783868930061
Copyright Statement: The item has been accepted for publication and a previous version was refereed by the organisors of the particular section. However, the editors of the book have yet to return the original file with comments - and publicize the actual title of the book. I have updated this version, so it differs slightly from the actual paper. It has not been printed yet.
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2008 09:42

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