Red Love Across the Pacific: Political and Sexual Revolutions of the Twentieth Century

Red Love Across the Pacific: Political and Sexual Revolutions of the Twentieth Century

Heather Bowen-Struyk

Language: English

Pages: 242

ISBN: 1137522003

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This book examines the Red Love vogue that swept across the Asia-Pacific in the 1920s and 1930s as part of a worldwide interest in socialism and follows its trails throughout the twentieth century. Encouraging both political and sexual liberation, Red Love was a transnational movement demonstrating the revolutionary potential of love and desire.

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1950s–1970s. In the South, literary scholars rediscovered her in the 1970s after three decades of being suspected as a leftist, and her novels now form part of the modern literary canon. A member of the feminist organization Kŭnuhoe, Kang Kyŏng-ae began her writing career at 18 and her standing as one of the leading authors of her generation was established by the time of her death at the age of 38, in 1944. As well as covering themes of poverty, colonialism, sexual violence, and the lives of

the Sydney Morning Herald in May 1930, in a furor over the banning of Australian writer Norman Lindsay’s Redheap as “widely read and versed in several languages,” though he used the tastes of the average householder as the measure of obscenity and indecency.16 His eight-page report on The Butcher Shop spells out “the sexual relations of the characters” almost page by page, with lengthy quotations and some comment, and a final assessment of its danger: “The philosophy expounded by the author is

special,” said Claudia. “You don’t know if she is good or bad. When I first saw her I didn’t speak to her. I only wrote down what I was feeling in that moment after I arrived home. I wrote her a letter. But it took me three days to deliver it to her. I said to myself, ‘Will I send it? I don’t know. How would that seem? What is she going to think? Maybe she won’t care.’ I didn’t know what to do. I only remember that I wrote her that when I first saw her and listened to her talk, I felt that she

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-korea-asks-to-join-pacific-trade-deal-washington-says-not-so-fast/2015/04/15/85d7396a-e39e-11e4-ae0f-f8c46aa8c3a4_story.html. (Accessed June 11, 2015). 22.The Women’s Revolutionary Law was first publicized in 1994 and is reprinted and translated in Shannon Speed, R. Aida Hernández Castillo, and Lynn M. Stephen, eds., Dissident Women: Gender and Cultural Politics in Chiapas, Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006), 3–4. C H A P T E R T

rose to stardom in Yŏngja’s Heyday. The camera work reveals an ambivalence about Yŏngja’s character by simultaneously exposing her painful inner life along with her overtly sexualized image to reflect the conflict between the voyeuristic pleasure of the audience and their simultaneous sympathy for a lower-class woman who loses out in the rapid industrialization process of the 1970s. Both factors are at work in the visualization of the prostitute Yŏngja’s body. What about Changsu, Yŏngja’s

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