Examining contemporary Okinawan culture, politics, and historical memory, this book traces the dynamic reconstruction and reframing of Okinawan identity. The contributors explore the cultural and political expression that has flowered in the past decade with the vigorous growth of local museums and memorials and of the popularity of distinctive Okinawan music and literature, as well as of political movements targeting both U.S. military bases and Japanese national policy on ecological, developmental, and equity grounds. A key strategy has been the mobilization of historical memory, particularly recalling the violent subordination of Okinawan interests to those of the Japanese and American wartime and occupation governments. With its intertwining themes of memory, nationality, ethnicity, and cultural conflict in contemporary society, the book will be valuable reading for scholars and students across the social sciences and humanities.
Laura Hein is associate professor of history at Northwestern University. Mark Selden is professor of sociology and history at Binghamton University and professorial associate in the East Asia Program at Cornell University.
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 Osaka 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: Uchina 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