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American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan$
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Elisheva A. Perelman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528141

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528141.001.0001

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“Dead, Shriveled Trees”

“Dead, Shriveled Trees”

Factory Girls in Meiji and Taishō Japan

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American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan

Elisheva A. Perelman

Hong Kong University Press

The first chapter addresses the proliferation of tuberculosis in textile factories in Meiji and Taishō era Japan. These factories provided the backbone of the nation’s modernization program, but so too were they rife with tuberculosis. This epidemic first affected women, as the workers in these factories were primarily young females, who were seen by many in the government as expendable necessities. There was, therefore, little to no real legal protection for such workers, many of whom would be returned, sick and dying, to their rural homes to infect and affect their villages. These women, many no older than girls, became the cost of modernization.

Keywords:   Factory workers, Tuberculosis, Women, Textile work

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