Interesting Links.

For those readers wishing to explore further the fascinating life of Yoshiko Yamaguchi - Li Xianglan and the historic times she survived through. 

This will be a work in progress so please bear with the unorganized format - my intent is to post first and then organize and comment later (ie, in other words I'm lazy :)

Japanese War Brides: here's a concise university study of the JWB phenomenon.
King Vidor's Japanese War Bride (1952, starring Yamaguchi Yoshiko) is the best Hollywood film on the subject. Other notable films with an inter-racial motif were Three Stripes in the Sun (1955), Sayonara (1957), and The Mountain Road (1960). 

This next work is not about Yoshiko Yamaguchi, although Yoshiko's memoirs are cited by the author. The "two Yoshiko's" are often confused with one-another, unfortunately.  
In April 2015, the below book was published. It contains many rare photos and interesting details about Kawashima Yoshiko's short life.

a good basic summary of Yamaguchi's life story, with a good list of her movies:  wikipedia article on Yamaguchi

an amazing Japanese silent film: a historic record of the Lytton Commission's visit to Manchuria in 1932 to investigate the circumstances of the "bombing on the SMR railroad tracks" termed the Manchurian Incident: Silent film of Lytton Commission in Manchuria. 

an interesting link which addresses the history of Japan's (and Russian, Chinese) interests in Manchuria going back to 1891 or so: Solving_the_Manchurian_Problem

for those wishing to know more about the history of Fushun and the SMR (South Manchuria Railway) company: I found this link when I came across a book called "Company Towns" which had a whole chapter on the Fushun area by Limin Teh.  Google books has many pages of this chapter up on the net. Here is the above referenced doc: LiminTeh.pdf

the Japanese positive view of Manchuria in 1933, in a pdf book form:
Manchuria - 3 Cities by K. Adachi: 3cities.pdf

Changchun was the "New Capitol" of Manchuria: in this video you see the actual construction techniques used to build the massive government buildings (and you hear some interesting Japanese jazz, 1930's style): Changchun "Founding Spring" [Documentary] Manchukuo period: Changchun Founding Spring

but that's not all, you also get to see "the good life" in Manchuria. Here is another interesting 1937 video called "The Newborn Empire"
(this video also has an excellent summary of Manchuria's history.)

(is Manchuria getting popular or what?) here's an entertaining new travel book published in 2015 by Michael Meyer called "In Manchuria": In-Manchuria-Village-Wasteland
(despite a good general summary of Manchurian history from ancient to modern times, there is inexplicably no mention made of one of Manchuria's most famous people: our Yamaguchi.)

An excellent summary of Ri Koran's China movies is contained in this scholar's book about Japanese film called The Imperial Screen by Peter B. High.

a download document titled New views of Japanese Colonialism 1931 - 1945

a good article by Craig Watts titled "Blood Spear, Mt. Fuji: Uchida Tomu’s Conflicted Comeback from Manchuria (1955)"  with many items of interest :  Blood Spear, Mt. Fuji

This link leads to a downloadable pdf document called:
"The Shape-Shifting Diva: Yamaguchi Yoshiko and the National Body"

link leads to a downloadable pdf document: it contains one of the best descriptions of Li Xianglan's different ethnic roles in her movies during the 1939-1942 period.
The “Ethnic Harmony” of the Manchuria Motion Picture Corporation, 1937–1945
or  small link to huge link

This link leads to Yamaguchi's informative 2004 interview:
Looking Back on My Days as Ri Koran Li Xianglan

This link leads to the Asian Women's Fund (AWF) site:
A Discussion with Yoshiko Otaka, Vice-President of the Asian Women’s Fund
the digital museum of AWF:

This link leads to a news article:

an Asahi Shimbun Editorial: Remembering the integrity that became the hallmark of Yamaguchi's life:  Asahi Editorial

A proposed movie project about Yamaguchi Yoshiko: you may need to follow several links to get the document:  Proposed Movie Project

a massive collection of historical maps of China:

This beautiful Japanese site is dedicated to Li Xianglan:
it has movie posters and pictures/information regarding the various plays about her life. In particular, you'll find some pictures of the last movie she made in 1958, Tokyo Holiday. 

A link to a symposium group of articles titled "Collaboration in the History of Wartime East Asia" by Timothy Brook:
"This symposium on war and collaboration in East Asia and globally features contributions by Timothy Brook, Prasenjit Duara, Suk-Jung Han, Heonik Kwon, a response by Brook, and a further contribution in the form of a response by Margherita Zanasi. The authors examine war and collaboration in China, Korea, Vietnam, and Manchukuo, in history and memory and in comparative perspective." 

Another turgid and jargon-filled essay, full of 'pan-asianism' this and 'transnational' that by Yiman Wang:  Beware! Jargon Ahead

The 2008 film Lust - Caution depicts the 1940s Shanghai of Yamaguchi's time. I searched the film's backdrops for her image, but I think they took care not to show any identifiable pictures of her (such as the ubiquitous film and music-stars pinned up on various walls in the movie). 
here's a fascinating look at the Shanghai milieu which Ang Lee re-created for his blockbuster film "Lust-Caution", set in 1942: 

other people have noted the similarity between "China Nights" and "Lust-Caution":

For more basic information on "the Seven Great Singing Stars" see:

for 263 separate items (DVD's, music, films, etc) concerning Yamaguchi:  Search - Rakuten

The Sorge Spy Ring:
Did a forgotten Japanese spy/journalist named Hotsumi Ozaki turn the tide of World War II? Agnes Smedley, the American reporter makes an appearance in this highly informative piece of WW2 spy history:

The famous soviet spy named Richard Sorge, who recruited Ozaki, and may have saved the Soviets from the German onslaught in 1941:

about Yotoku Miyagi, another key figure in the Sorge spy ring:  

an essay devoted to the 1950's Hong Kong mandopop scene:

to be continued. 

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