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- DescriptionLiterature is an important vehicle to further kwledge of other cultures, and English translations of Okinawan literary works have had a major impact on the field of Okinawan studies. Yet the riches of Okinawa's literature have yet to be adequately mined. Islands of Protest attempts to address this lacuna with this new selection of critically acclaimed modern and contemporary works in English. The anthology includes poetry, fiction, and drama, drawing on Okinawa's distinct culture and subtropical natural environment to convey the emotions and tensions present in everyday life. T?ma Hiroko's poem Backbone juxtaposes the natural environment of aquamarine beaches and subtropical flora and fauna with the built environment of America's military bases. Stories by two of Okinawa's most dynamic contemporary authors display wide breadth, from the preservation of island dances and burial practices in Sakiyama Tami's Island Confinement and Come Swaying, Come Swinging to the bold, disquieting themes of violence and comfort women in Medoruma Shun's Hope, Taiwan Woman, and Tree of Butterflies. The crown jewel of the anthology, Chinen Seishin's play The Human Pavilion, is based on an infamous historical incident in which Okinawans were put on display during a 1903 industrial exhibition in Osaka. In his 1978 masterpiece, Chinen depicts the relentless pressure on Okinawans to become more Japanese. Given the controversial presence of U.S. military forces in Okinawa, this book is particularly timely. Disputes between the United States and Japanese governments over construction of a new marine airbase at Heko have led to the resignation of Japan's prime minister, the election of an anti-base goverr, and repeated protests. Islands of Protest offers a compelling entree into a complex culture, one marked by wartime decimation, relentless discrimination, and fierce resistance, yet often overshadowed by the cliched tion of a gentle Okinawa so ceaselessly depicted in Japan's mass media.
- PublisherUniversity of Hawai'i Press
- Date of Publication30/12/2015
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Place of PublicationHonolulu, HI
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Hawai'i Press
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Edited byDavinder L. Bhowmik,Steve Rabson
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