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Meiji at 150

Meiji at 150 Podcast, Episode 074, Dr. Ayaka Yoshimizu (University of British Columbia) Yoshimizu, Ayaka; Grunow, Tristan


In this episode, Dr. Yoshimizu outlines and deconstructs discourses of proper women’s behavior amongst the Japanese-Canadian community in prewar British Columbia through representations of Japanese sex workers, waitresses, and wives in the Tairiku Nippō newspaper. We discuss the history of Japanese prostitution in BC, the importance of vernacular media to the Japanese immigrant community, and how the history of Japanese sex workers in BC is remembered today in both Japan and Canada.

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