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No Land, No Food, No Life 
The film No Land No Food No Life looks at conflict and resource management and our ability to have control over the most vital of needs – access to growing food. Global food production is increasingly becoming concentrated by a handful of huge multinationals, not only impacting people ‘over there’ but also ‘right here’.

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Beauty Queens in Post War Japan
Asia Pacific Memo
Accessible scholarly knowledge about contemporary Asia
A communications initiative of the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia.

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The study of Japanese beauty queens offers insights into democracy and gender issues in post-war Japan. In the 1950s, Japanese beauty queens were often celebrated as models of democracy. They were confident, willing to travel overseas, and represented the idea of upward social mobility. This captured the imagination of Japanese women and for some, signified a step forward for Japanese women’s rights.

Published on Feb 3, 2013

The study of Japanese beauty queens offers insights into democracy and gender issues in post-war Japan. In the 1905s, Japanese beauty queens were often celebrated as models of democracy. They were confident, willing to travel overseas, and represented the idea of upward social mobility. This captured the imagination of Japanese women and for some, signified a step forward for Japanese women’s rights.
However, women in the beauty contests were constructed as images, only allowed to say certain things and unable to complain. This image of beauty queens belies the true situation of Japanese women in the 1950s who were protesting over a lack of equality.

Fundamentally, beauty contests are a celebration of youth, ending with marriage and motherhood. These contests simultaneously offer an inspiring model to Japanese women whilst muting their concerns. The study of beauty queens in post-war Japan offers an interesting insight into this paradox.

Dr. Jan Bardsley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Learn more about Asia Pacific Memo, by the Institute of Asian Research, at www.asiapacificmemo.ca/about

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