Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to Japanese and American Powerby Laura Hein
Pub. Date: 04/09/2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Exploring contemporary Okinawan culture, politics, and historical memory, this book argues that the long Japanese tradition of defining Okinawa as a subordinate and peripheral part of Japan means that all claims of Okinawan distinctiveness necessarily become part of the larger debate over contemporary identity. The contributors trace the renascence of the debate in
Exploring contemporary Okinawan culture, politics, and historical memory, this book argues that the long Japanese tradition of defining Okinawa as a subordinate and peripheral part of Japan means that all claims of Okinawan distinctiveness necessarily become part of the larger debate over contemporary identity. The contributors trace the renascence of the debate in the burst of cultural and political expression that has flowered in the past decade, with the rapid growth of local museums and memorials and the huge increase in popularity of distinctive Okinawan music and literature, as well as in political movements targeting both U.S. military bases and Japanese national policy on ecological, developmental, and equity grounds. A key strategy for claiming and shaping Okinawan identity is the mobilization of historical memory of the recent past, particularly of the violent subordination of Okinawan interests to those of the Japanese and American governments in war and occupation. Its intertwining themes of historical memory, nationality, ethnicity, and cultural conflict in contemporary society address central issues in anthropology, sociology, contemporary history, Asian Studies, international relations, cultural studies, and post-colonial studies.
Contributions by: Matt Allen, Linda Isako Angst, Asato Eiko, Gerald Figal, Aaron Gerow, Laura Hein, Michael Molasky, Steve Rabson, James E. Roberson, Mark Selden, and Julia Yonetani.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction: Culture, Power and Identity in Contemporary Okinawa
Part I: Making Sense of the Past
Chapter 2: Wolves at the Back Door: Remembering the Kumejima Massacres
Chapter 3: Waging Peace on Okinawa
Chapter 4: Memories of Okinawa: Life and Times in the Greater 'saka Diaspora
Chapter 5: The Rape of a Schoolgirl, Discourses of Power and Women's Lives in Okinawa
Part II: Contemporary Culture, Identity, Resistance
Chapter 6: Medoruma Shun: The Writer as Public Intellectual in Okinawa Today
Chapter 7: Uchinā Pop: Place and Identity in Contemporary Okinawan Popular Music
Chapter 8: Okinawan Identity and Resistance to Militarization and Maldevelopment
Chapter 9: Future Assets, But At What Price? The Okinawa Initiative Debate
Chapter 10: From the National Gaze to Multiple Gazes: Representations of Okinawa in Recent Japanese Cinema
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