Park, Jahyon: Travel Grant - 2016-2017

College: 
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: 
Asian Studies
Project Title: 
Hahamono and Japanese Melodrama
Project Abstract: 
This project will examine the transition of Hahamono(maternal melodrama) in Japan to argue that the trope of a sacrificial woman reflects the contradicting anxiety of becoming modern, but maintaining cultural tradition since postwar industrialization. Considering the temporal development of East Asian melodrama from the politically and culturally chaotic situation in the postwar era to the present of cross-trends of of globalization and localization, the account of the transformation of Japanese melodrama provides another lens through which to read East Asian society and culture. Examining comparatively recent images of mothers will suggest the contemporary trend toward genre modification and reevaluaton of melodramatic elements.