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The American Occupation of Japan and Okinawa: Literature and Memory

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How do the Japanese and Okinawans remember Occupation? Michael Molasky explores these questions through careful, sensitive readings of literature from mainland Japan and Okinawa. This book sheds light on difficult issues of war, violence, prostitution, colonialism and post-colonialism in the context of the Occupations of Japan and Okinawa.
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Overview

How do the Japanese and Okinawans remember Occupation? Michael Molasky explores these questions through careful, sensitive readings of literature from mainland Japan and Okinawa. This book sheds light on difficult issues of war, violence, prostitution, colonialism and post-colonialism in the context of the Occupations of Japan and Okinawa.
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Editorial Reviews

Carol Gluck
A searching, sometimes searing, exploration of Japanese fiction about the doubled occupation of Japan and Okinawa by the United States and the doubled colonialism.
John Whittier Treat
This study of Japanese fiction ... makes plain the literary effects of Japan's own experience of foreign domination. That Molasky is sensitive not just to the political contents of this literature, but to its racial, sexual and gender import as well, speaks to the breadth of his critical acumen—not to mention the depth of the Japanese colonial experience itself.
David C. Stahl
Molasky's excellent study of Japanese occupation literature is thoroughly researched, well written, and contributes substantially to our understanding of an extremely important but heretofore largely neglected area of postwar Japanese literature.. —The Journal of Asian Studies
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'Molasky's excellent study of Japanese occupation literature is thoroughly researched, well written, and contributes substantially to our understanding of an extremely important but heretofore largely neglected area of postwar Japanese literature.' - The Journal of Asian Studies

'The American Occupation of Japan and Okinawa: Literature and Memory is a definitive work, the result of a Herculean task. Researchers for years to come will be indebted by this groundbreaking project.' - H-Japan

'The American Occupation of Japan and Okinawa: Literature and Memory, is brilliantly realistic from a diverse range of historical, sociological and literary perspectives'- Wendy Ella Wright, electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies , 2007

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Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction: Burned-out ruins and barbed-wire fences 1
The occupation of Japan as history 5
The occupation in mainland Japanese literature and criticism 8
Okinawa: From premodern kingdom to Japanese prefecture 12
The Battle of Okinawa and the American occupation (1945-72) 15
Chapter summaries 22
1 Roads to no-man's land 25
Language, landscape, and gender in "The American School" 30
Gender, history, and the construction of victimhood in The Cocktail Party 39
Fact and fiction 49
2 A base town in the literary imagination 53
An Okinawan Boy 56
"The Town That Went Pale" 63
"Children of Mixed Blood" and the remaking of Koza 65
3 A darker shade of difference 70
Representing blacks in postwar Japan 72
Race and narrative ambivalence in "Prize Stock" 75
Reporting truth, imagining motives: "Painting on Black Canvas" 82
Poetry of protest: Arakawa Akira's "The Colored Race" 93
4 Female floodwalls 103
The Recreation and Amusement Association 105
Prostitution after the RAA 108
Prostitution and the Japanese publishing industry 110
The Chastity of Japan 115
Female Floodwall 124
5 Ambivalent allegories 130
The generational logic of "Guests From Afar" 133
Prostitution and other honest jobs: "The Only Ones" 143
Caste and outcasts: "Women of a Base Town" 145
Marriage, money, and desire in "The Women of Chitose, Hokkaido" 149
6 The occupier within 157
Reproducing the occupation: "Human Sheep" 159
Style as story: Narrative technique and memory in "American Hijiki" 167
Epilogue: Occupation literature in the post-Vietnam era 178
Okinawan literature since the Vietnam War 178
Saegusa Kazuko's A Winter's Death 183
Notes 190
English-language works cited 222
Japanese-language works cited 229
Newspaper articles 238
Index 239
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