Globalizing Japan: Ethnography of the Japanese Presence in Asia, Europe, and America

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This chapter is a revised version of part of a chapter of my Ph.D. thesis (Wong 1996) submitted to the University of Oxford, which was turned into a book, Japanese Bosses, Chinese Workers: Power and Control in a Hong Kong Megastore (Wong 1999). My graduate study at the University of Oxford was funded by a Swire/Cathay Pacific Scholarship (1989-92), Overseas Research Student Awards (1989-92), and the Sasakawa Foundation (1991). I am very much obliged to them. Part of this chapter was published in Japanese under the title "J Sha no honkon kenjihō jin no nihonjin jōsei jugyōin ni tsuite" (About the Japanese female workers of the Hong Kong subsidiary of J company) (Wong 1997:239-56).
The company closed all its overseas subsidiaries at the end of 1997.
Fictitious names are used in this paper to refer to the Japanese female workers to protect their identities.
Walder (1986) identified two orientations of workers of state enterprises in mainland China toward company authority, active - competitive and passive - defensive, to show the logic behind their calculation. Following Walder, I do a similar analytical operation here. However, readers should be reminded that this classification is not always clear-cut, because these female workers may adjust their behaviors according first to their own desired outcomes and second to their calculation of the possible consequences of certain behaviors in different situations.

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