Regionalizing the Local, Localizing the Region: The Okinawa Struggle and Place-Based Identity
My PhD thesis examines the diverse concepts and manifestations of Okinawan identity that underlie the Okinawan anti-base movement or the so-called Okinawa struggle (or Okinawa tōsō in Japanese). Located between the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea, Japan’s southern-most prefecture, Okinawa, was once a stepping stone for Japan’s colonial expansion to Taiwan in the late 19th century. After the Battle of Okinawa from March to June 1945, Okinawa became a crucial defense line in the...[Show more]
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