Videos | 動画

“Mui Tsai (妹仔) and Transpacific Child Labour Trafficking” by Aydin Quach 郭汶進

This video by doctoral student Aydin Quach offers an overview of the mui tsai system and how young girls from southern China were moved as part of indentured labour across the transpacific with usage of sources found in The Chinese Times, a Vancouver-based publication that ran from 1914-1992. The illustration of mui tsai in Vancouver and Canada then is used as an examination of age and generation as a category of analysis to understand the condition of early Chinese women in North America, the development of child protection laws, and the socio-cultural significance of age and generation.

“Reimagining Japanese Prostitutes: The Photographs in Devil Caves in Canada (1910)” by Asato Ikeda, Associate Professor, Fordham University

In this video, Asato Ikeda examines photographs of Japanese prostitutes published in Kanada no Makutsu (Devil Caves in Canada, 1910). The book was an edited version of a series of reportage articles titled “The Exploration of Devil Caves” (Makutsu tanteiki) and was intended to expel the prostitutes from Canada. The photographs, however, give us unique visual access to the prostitutes and allow us to circumvent, challenge, and refute the book’s characterization of them as “fallen women” or “devils and monsters.” Instead, they invite us to contemplate more sympathetically on the lives and perspectives of these women who still remain voiceless.

日本人娼婦像を読み解く: 『加奈陀の魔窟』(1910)のポートレート写真(講師:フォーダム大学准教授 池田安里)


“The Tale of Kiyū–Texts, Print Media and Publishing in 19th Century Japan” by Saeko Suzuki

In this short lecture, Saeko Suzuki discusses how the Tale of Kiyū emerged and developed into different iterations in terms of publication format, genre, and content in the 1870s in response to the needs and interests of various social actors. In addition to the multiplicity and constructed nature of the story, you will also learn about how the old publication industry and culture from the Edo period continued to influence publication products in the early Meiji period.

「喜遊の物語」をめぐって — 明治初期のテクストと版本出版メディア (講師:鈴木紗江子)


“Sex Workers, Waitresses, and Wives: The Disciplining of Women’s Bodies in Japanese Language Media in Vancouver (1908-1920)” by Ayaka Yoshimizu

In this short lecture, Ayaka Yoshimizu discusses how Japanese language media portrayed women in Japanese diasporic community in early 20th century Canada. The lecture specifically focuses on the Tairku Nippō issues published in the period between 1908 and 1920. Instead of focusing solely on examining “Exploration of Devil Caves,” the lecture provides an overview of the newspaper’s role in disciplining Japanese migrant women by looking at how the notions of “ideal” women vs. “fallen” women were constructed through various sections of the newspaper.