chapter  6
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Representing the Zainichi: Victim, clown and super-cool hero

Historically, representations of zainichi in Japanese cinema have been rather

limited, both in terms of quantity and in terms of variety. The structural

absence of zainichi and other minority groups in Japanese cinema may not be

surprising, given the fact that Japanese official discourse claimed, up until the

1980s, that Japan contains ‘no’ minorities.