Pan-pan Girls: Humiliating Liberation in Postwar Japanese Literature

Sakamoto, Rumi
July 2010
PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies;Jul2010, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p1
Academic Journal
An essay is presented on several postwar literary representations of pan-pan girls, a derogatory term used to refer to street prostitutes who served the U.S. Allied forces from 1945-1952 during the Japanese occupation. It states that pan-pan girls became symbols of victimisation, humiliation, suffering, eroticism, and sexual freedom. It adds that these representations showed aspects of Japanese history including economic prosperity, national rehabilitation, and Americanisation.


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