Abstract

Abstract:

This paper examines the repeated incidents of the Korean school uniform laceration in Japan through the notion of cuts, by articulating materiality of the fabric-skin (clothes) and using Judith Butler's articulation of seamless surface as an imagination of a social body. Zainichi Koreans are descendants of the Koreans who migrated to Japan as a result of the Japanese colonization, including forced labor and the Western Allies' interference in postcolonial Korea. Lacking full citizenship and seen as an abject ethnic group, the Zainichi community faces racial discrimination on a daily basis. Zainichi Korean school uniforms for girls not only reveal their female students' gender but also give out their ethnicity in public spaces. Unlike their male counterparts whose uniform is no different from other Japanese school uniforms, the female students of the Korean schools face physical attacks on their uniform. The paper contemplate discipline and politics of uniform, materiality of the fabric and fabricated identities, bodily surface, and the social body of Self and Others. The paper then considers what the holes of the cut uniform represent and how the act of cutting can be reinterpreted if read as a symptom of repressed psychosis.

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ISSN
2151-7371
Print ISSN
2151-7363
Pages
pp. 25-48
Launched on MUSE
2017-12-14
Open Access
No
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