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Yasuko Takezawa and Gary Y. Okihiro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847586

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847586.001.0001

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Postwar Okinawan Women’s Articulation of Identity in America

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Trans-Pacific Japanese American Studies
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Wesley Ueunten

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824847586.003.0010

This chapter is based on participant observations and interviews with Okinawan women who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II as wives of Americans men who had been stationed in Okinawa as part of the U.S. military presence there. The women, most in their 70s and 80s, were part of a small social group that gathered monthly to sing Okinawan and Japanese karaoke. The focus of the study is the agency of the women to recover and define their Okinawan identity in opposition to their marginalized positions within the context of Okinawa’s dual geopolitical subordination to Japan and the U.S.

Keywords:   Okinawa, diaspora, agency, culture, resistance, master narratives, call and response

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