Title

Avenging the Entertainer and the Comfort Woman: Japanese Theatrical Forms in Anton Juan, Jr.’s Tuko! Tuko!

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2020

Abstract

Tuko! Tuko!; a play by Dr. Anton Juan Jr. confronts the abuse of Filipina comfort women during World War II and the exploitation of post-war Filipina entertainers; both in the hands of the Japanese. In contrast to media representations that play up these women as victims; Tuko! Tuko! offers a more nuanced portrayal; and restores their agency. More importantly; it appropriates the Japanese theatrical forms of buto; bunraku; and kabuki to confront this historical trauma and claim redressive action. The article ends with several recommendations on how Philippine-Japan relations can move forward.

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