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Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to Japanese and American Power (Asia/Pacific/Perspectives) Paperback – April 9, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0742518667 ISBN-10: 0742518663

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Okinawa's brutal history has produced a unique new culture, an Asian example of what Luis Buñuel called Los Olvidados (The Forgotten Ones). This brilliant collection by Hein and Selden tries to ensure that Okinawans will not be forgotten much longer. (Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire)

This book is a collection of essays that explores the importance of the remembrance and (re) interpretation of historical experiences for Japanese national minorities. Specifically, it deals with the people of Okinawa and their struggle to challenge their marginalized status with Japanese society and reassert their history and culture. The value of this book is its multidimensional approach to Okinawa's cultural/identity politics, and its attention to the diversity of ways in which local politics and culture have in fact emerged. As a whole, this book is successful in systematically presenting the diversity and complexity of the cultural and political movement in Okinawa at the turn of the twenty-first century, especially in the face of national majorities' disinterest toward and inability to recognize the distinctive history of Okinawans and the negative role of the United States military bases on these islands. This book provides a very useful platform for examining the complex tension between the various identities being promoted in contemporary Okinawa. (Keisuke Enokido, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada Pacific Affairs, Volume 77, No. 4 - Winter 2004/2005)

The contributors [are] a veritable Who's Who of Okinawan Studies. . . . [The] broad range of subjects, but also the way in which they are successfully interconnected in this one volume, will command a broad readership. . . . Simply put, there is something for everyone here. (The Ryukyuanist)

Interdisciplinary in approach but coherent in focus, Islands of Discontent provides a rich collection of ideas and materials to scholars with interests in Okinawa and Japan, as well as an insightful case for sociologists with interests in war, occupation, race, ethnicity, and postcoloniality elsewhere. (Contemporary Sociology)

[A] fine collection of essays. (Journal of Asian Studies)

Rich in scope and coherent in its intellectual agenda, Islands of Discontent is essential reading for anyone interested in the present and future of Okinawa, and of Japan as a whole. (Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Australian National University)

About the Author

Laura Hein is associate professor of history at Northwestern University. Mark Selden is professor of sociology and history at Binghamton University and professorial associate in the East Asia Program at Cornell University.

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Mark Selden is a Coordinator of The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, a Senior Research Associate in the East Asia Program at Cornell University, and Professor Emeritus of History and Sociology at Binghamton University. You can access The Asia-Pacific Journal here:

A specialist on the modern and contemporary geopolitics, political economy and history of China, Japan and the Asia Pacific, his work has addressed themes of war and revolution, inequality, development, regional and world social change, and historical memory. A founding member of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars in the 1960s, for more than thirty years he edited The Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars (later Critical Asian Studies). He is the editor of Book Series at Rowman and Littlefield, Routledge, and M.E. Sharpe including series on The Asia-Pacific, War and Peace, and World Social Change.

His books include
*Chinese Society: Change, Conflict and Resistance
*The Atomic Bomb: Voices From Hiroshima and Nagasaki
*Censoring History: Citizenship and Memory in Japan, Germany and the United States
*Chinese Village, Socialist State
*Revolution, Resistance and Reform in Village China
*The Resurgence of East Asia: 500, 150 and 50 Year Perspectives
*The Yenan Way Revisited:

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