Red Love Across the Pacific: Political and Sexual Revolutions of the Twentieth Century

Red Love Across the Pacific: Political and Sexual Revolutions of the Twentieth Century

Heather Bowen-Struyk

Language: English

Pages: 242

ISBN: 1137522003

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This book examines the Red Love vogue that swept across the Asia-Pacific in the 1920s and 1930s as part of a worldwide interest in socialism and follows its trails throughout the twentieth century. Encouraging both political and sexual liberation, Red Love was a transnational movement demonstrating the revolutionary potential of love and desire.

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18.Pflugfelder, Cartographies of Desire, 286–291. 19.Ibid., 311. 20.Vincent writes: “The resulting rupture of what Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick has famously theorized as the ‘male homosocial continuum’ thus constituted one of the most significant markers of Japan’s entrance into modernity” (Vincent, 3). 21.Pflugfelder, Cartographies of Desire, 308–09. 22.Ibid., 309. 23.Satō Saburō, “Kobayashi Takiji—sono ayumi to sakuhin (nempu),” in Kamiya Tadataka, Hōjō Tsunehisa, and Shimamura Teru, eds.,

China in particular that is of interest. In her work on the nineteenth-century French socialist leader Flora Tristan, Margaret Talbot has noted the symbolic power that has been achieved by certain women through the “homologous association of sexual with social disorder.”45 War and revolution (and indeed revolutionary wars) have regularly seen women foregrounded in public discourse as emblems of national or political virtue, or of revolutionary commitment. The iconographical use of women as

or sexual relationships with women, including the writer, Tamura Toshiko (1884–1945). In 1924, Yoshiko was recovering from the disastrous end to her relationship with Kitamura Sei, who had earlier worked as a geisha in the teahouse run by the Inoues but later became a teacher of traditional music, with Yoshiko’s support. The main part of the film focuses on the early stage of the relationship between Yuriko and Yoshiko, from their first meeting in April to mid-July 1924, when Yuriko finally

culture in the 1920s and was blamed for economic failure in the 1930s.14 Visiting Russia during these years represented, for those predisposed to view it in such terms, a chance to witness the rebirth of a nation and, according to historian Daniel Soyer, “some visitors hoped that they too could be born anew.”15 This was certainly the case for the legions of “American Girls in Red Russia” said to be “invading Moscow,” who served as inspiration for the fictional Lucy Atgeld.16 Ann Laura Stoler,

to be a plus.” Yŏngja works hard to save money so that she can live with Changsu after he is released from detention, but is still criticized by Mr. Kim. However, her resistance and will are put in jeopardy by the sweeping police crackdown on prostitution. Expelled from the red-light district, Yŏngja wanders about downtown Seoul, but is rejected everywhere. The movie strongly suggests that she might attempt suicide. After he is released from jail, Changsu agonizes over the disappearance of

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