Exhibits Exhibit descriptions < Bataya Slum Areas in the 1960s
Exhibit descriptions
The Nature of Japan’s Colonial Aggression as Reflected in Bank Notes
A Grandmother’s Handmade Mumyeongbe (Cotton Yarn)
Yogan: A Living Necessity
Memories: Sokbaji (Inner Trousers for the Hanbok)
Kyōwakai Membership Card
Report Card with Korean Name Erased
Tokyo Bombing Victim Certificate
Handmade Taegukgi(The Flag of Korea)
Korean Registration Certificate Issued by Osaka Prefecture
Discrimination and Antiforeignism in a Crime Prevention Poster
Kenkoku Gakkō of 60 Years Ago
The Hanshin Education Struggle
Zainichi Koreans and the Pachinko Industry
Bataya Slum Areas in the 1960s
Mun-sun Kim’s Petition Written in Blood
List of Brown Atoll “Honorable Suicides” & Free Korean Press
Towel Used in a Prison for War Criminals
List of Members in the Association for Zainichi Korean Disabled Veterans of the Former Japanese Imperial Army
Choi Seung-hee and Sohn Kee-chung
Propaganda film You and Me
The Joy-Bearing Kkot-Kama (Traditional Korean Marriage Bridal Sedan Chair)
Korean Tigers Taken to Japan

Bataya Slum Areas in the 1960s

A common occupation for J-Koreans in the colonial and early postwar periods was the collection of discarded materials.

Today, the word “recycling” sounds almost fashionable. However, workers back then carried baskets on their backs or pulled carts while calling out, “Kuzui, oharai” (Any scraps to sell?), and collected rags, used paper, newspapers, and scrap metal.

Known as boroya or bataya, rag-picking was an occupation synonymous with the words “dirty” and “smelly” to some. The number of Zainichi Koreans in this occupation was high because Japanese avoided it.