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Myth, Protest and Struggle in Okinawa

Tanji, M (2006) Myth, Protest and Struggle in Okinawa. Routledge, London.

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Okinawan people have developed a unique tradition of protest in their long history of oppression and marginalization. Beginning with the Ryukyu Kingdom's annexation to Japan in the late ninteenth century, this book charts the devastation caused by World War II, followed by the direct occupation of postwar Okinawa and continued presence of the US military forces in the wake of reversion to Japan in 1972. Myth, Protest and Struggle in Okinawa challenges the unitary representation of Okinawan protest, by focusing on diversity and change in the postwar community of protest. It closely examines different protest groups and organizations that contributed to three conspicuous 'waves' of mass protest in the 1950s, late 1960s, and mid-1990s.

Publication Type: Book
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: The Author
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