Medium Post #2

Why is Tsurumi’s argument about the importance of Japanese women’s labor power to nation-building an important intervention to week 1’s theorizations of nationalism? On the flip side, what experiences might focus too much on this point occlude?

The companies that owned factories tried to give jokoo some “moral education” in order to decrease their daily resistance. The companies tried to persuade these women that they worked for the nation, but women did not identify them with Japanese nationhood. They cared about their work and were proud of their contribution. This had nothing to do with the nationalism. They were glad because their value was recognized by the companies. Additionally, they also cared about their families. Their connections to families were strong and they were pleased to work so they can help their families.



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