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Militarized CurrentsToward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific$
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Setsu Shigematsu and Keith L. Camacho

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665051

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665051.001.0001

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On Romantic Love and Military Violence

On Romantic Love and Military Violence

Transpacific Imperialism and U.S.–Japan Complicity

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Militarized Currents

Naoki Sakai

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the historical, political, and philosophical intimacies between Japanese and U.S. imperial projects. More specifically, it explores how the relationship between the colonizer and the colonized—which is mediated through the threat and use of military violence—is narrativized and practiced in heterosexualized terms. It considers how the underlying and constant threat of violence along with the imminent threat of rape is repressed, converted, and represented in the cinematic form through an economy of heterosexual romance that produces the spectrality of love and seduction. In doing so, the chapter elaborates the relationship between American and Japanese imperialism and how the “universality” of Japanese colonial discourse must be subordinated to the status of a particular in contrast to the reiterated claims of the United States’s imperialist universalism. It also provides a historical and theoretical contextualization of the connections between contemporary forms of militarization in South Korea and Japan in relation to Japanese colonialism in Korea and the U.S.-supported militarization of Japan and South Korea.

Keywords:   military violence, rape, romance, love, imperialism, United States, militarization, South Korea, Japan, colonialism

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