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  • The other-granted self of Korean “comfort women”

    Analyzing interview narratives of Korean women coerced into the Japanese military’s sexual slavery during World War II

  • Author(s): Hanwool Choe1ORCID icon
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    Affiliations: 1 The University of Hong Kong
  • Source: Narrative Inquiry
    Available online: 25 November 2021
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/ni.20136.cho
    • Received: 15 Dec 2020
    • Accepted: 20 Aug 2021
    • Version of Record published : 25 Nov 2021

Abstract

Abstract

Bringing together “identity as agency” ( ), three-level positioning, and narrative types, I analyze three interview narratives of Korean women coerced into the Japanese military’s sexual slavery during World War II, commonly known as “comfort women”. Through an eye toward “others” – e.g., Japanese soldiers, “comfort station” managers, interviewers, and sociocultural and sociopolitical forces – I investigate the manipulation of the women’s agency with their identities positioned as victims, rather than survivors. Meaning-making strategies, such as “constructed dialogue” ( ), repetition, deixis, and third turns, present the ways in which various others objectify and marginalize the women as well as control their stories. These illuminate how the women’s identities are granted and defined by others. This other-granted identity work reinforces aspects of language ideologies and ideologies of being silenced.

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