Sujin, Lee: Travel Grant - 2017-2018

College of Arts and Sciences
Project Title: 
Japan's Biopolitical Modernity: Population Control Policies in Transwar Japan
Project Abstract: 
My project examines the historical trajectory of population discourses—from the research on comprehensive population control measures in interwar Japan to the family planning programs in the postwar period. Seen in the broader sweep of prewar and postwar Japanese history, bureaucratic, scientific and technological apparatuses for intervening into Japanese population in the early 1930s laid the foundation for the wartime population management under the control of Ministry of Health and Welfare and the postwar family planning campaigns under the leadership of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. The continuity of population control policies in the transwar Japan, which I call “biopolitical modernity,” necessitates careful examination of the complex relationships between contraceptive technologies, nation-state building, and Cold War politics. While maintaining a critical distance from demography and its statistical approaches, I will focus on what roles various population control policies played in interweaving reproduction with empire and nation-building.