The Party's Over: Sex, Gender, and Orientalism in the Koreagate Scandal of the 1970s

TitleThe Party's Over: Sex, Gender, and Orientalism in the Koreagate Scandal of the 1970s
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsLee, Shelley Sang- Hee
JournalFrontiers: A Journal of Women Studies
Volume39
Issue3
Pagination1 - 28
Date Published2018
Abstract

Korean Agent or Merely a Hostess? read a 1977 New York Times headline about Suzi Park Thomson, the Korea- born congressional aide ensnared in the Koreagate scandal of 1976-1978. Involving charges of bribery in a coordinated campaign conducted by a Korean lobby with shadowy links to government, Koreagate, described another paper, had all the elements for drama: a foreign ally using cash from tax-supported US rice sales to influence Congress; an Oriental Gatsby known for his fancy Georgetown parties; a sexy aide to the House speaker; and corrupt congressmen accepting gifts and favors. Now little more than a footnote in the history US- Korea relations, Koreagate has been overlooked for the ways in which racialized and sexualized anxieties about Asia and Asian people shaped this curious episode in the Cold War. Occurring in the shadows of US military entanglements in Korea, Japan, and Vietnam, the scandal tapped into Americans' fears about national resolve, foreign meddling, and the influence of treacherous others at a deeply uncertain time. (ProQuest)

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