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Okinawa and the U.S. Military


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In 1995, an Okinawan schoolgirl was brutally raped by several U.S. servicemen, triggering a chain of protests. Using this event as a point of reference, Inoue explores how Okinawans began to regard themselves less as a group of poor and oppressed people and more as a confident middle-class citizenry. However, the Japanese government has simultaneously pressured Okinawans to support a continued U.S. presence. Inoue deftly connects local social concerns with larger global strategies.

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List of Illustrations Preface to the 2017 Edition Acknowledgments Note on Japanese Names and Translations 1. Introduction 2. The Rape Incident and the Predicaments of Okinawan Identity 3. Reduced to Culture Without Politics and History: A Critique of Modern Okinawan Studies 4. "We Are Okinawans of a Different Kind": Henoko History, Camp Schwab, and Working-Class Ideology of Difference 5. "We Are Okinawans": Local Identity in a Global Perspective 6. Nago City Referendum: Constructing Okinawan Citizenship 7. The Nago City Mayoral Election and the Changing Tide of Okinawan Resistance 8. Conclusion: Anthropologists as the Third Person, Anthropology in the Global Public Sphere Notes Chronology References Index

About the Author

Masamichi ("Marro") S. Inoue received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Duke University and is assistant professor of the Japan Studies Program and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Kentucky. He has taught in the United States and Japan and has written extensively on the U.S. base problems in Okinawa in both English and Japanese.


"A candid, introspective book... For those verse those versed in anthropology and interested in Okinawa, this is an excellent read." -- Arnold G. Fisch Jr., Army History

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