Under Occupation: Resistance and Struggle in a Militarised Asia-Pacific

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9781443847506: Under Occupation: Resistance and Struggle in a Militarised Asia-Pacific

This edited volume provides a vehicle for the expression of geographical and historical perspectives on the militarisation of East Asia and the Pacific. Among the questions the authors explore are: How have groups and individuals variously enforced, justified, supported, resisted, and acquiesced in military occupation? How have concepts of nationality, identity, and self-determination been shaped, reshaped, and erased by historical processes? How can communities escape from their perceived or actual dependence on centralised loci of power? Chapters draw upon philosophical, theoretical, empirical, and anecdotal evidence. The book is aimed at, inter alia, activists for social justice and researchers in international and strategic relations, colonial and post-colonial studies, Asian, Okinawan, and Pacific island studies, critical theory, and ethics. Contributors to this volume include David Vine, Douglas Lummis, Miyume Tanji, Kyle Kajihiro, chinin usii, Leevin Camacho, Andrew Yeo, Mitzi Uehara Carter, Gwisook Gwon, Christopher Melley, Yukinori Tokuyama, Kiyomi Maedomari-Tokuyama, Nika Nashiro, Chie Miyagi, Makoto Arakaki, Peter Simpson, and Daniel Broudy.

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Makoto Arakaki is Associate Professor of Peace Studies at Okinawa Christian University. His research includes international political economy, Okinawan diaspora, and community organising. Most recently, he has been involved in the revitalisation efforts of Okinawan culture and language, NGO activities in Asia, and documentary photography. Daniel Broudy is Professor of Rhetoric and Applied Linguistics at Okinawa Christian University. He has taught in the United States, Korea, and Japan. His research includes the critical analysis of media discourse, signs, and symbols. He is co-author of Rhetorical Rape: The Verbal Violations of the Punditocracy (2010), serves as a managing editor for Synaesthesia communications journal, and writes about current discourse practices that shape the public mind. Peter Simpson is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at Okinawa International University. He has taught in Britain, Africa, and Japan. His research includes media literacy and criticism, democracy, social justice, and human rights. Most recently, his activities have been directed toward independent media and direct action in opposition to American militarisation.


The security of the Asia-Pacific is crucial to local peace. But is regional security to be achieved through the deployment of US military forces in existing or new bases in Okinawa, Guam, Jeju and other localities? Or, is security based on the militarisation of the Asia-Pacific to be resisted by the local population? With a keen analytical eye on the complex responses of the local populations to the military outposts of US power in Asia-Pacific, Under Occupation: Resistance and Struggle in a Militarised Asia-Pacific explores both the defenders and resistors of US military occupation, with a critical focus on Okinawa. --Glenn D. Hook, University of Sheffield, UK

This is an engaging volume which gives voice to indigenous communities in the Asia Pacific region that suffer under military occupation. It offers critical analysis on the impact of American and Japanese (both historic and contemporary) occupation of Okinawa, as well as the impact of US bases in Guam and Korea. The volume also serves as a guide and inspiration to resistance movements to other military occupations throughout the world. --Craig Snyder, Senior Lecturer, International Relations, Deakin University

This volume will do much to awaken concerned citizens to these striking ironies and to the processes of creeping militarization across the globe in what the late Chalmers Johnson called the empire of military bases. Readers are treated to an in-depth tour guided by scholars and activists engaged in understanding, explicating, and resisting the colonizing power of military strength. --Kensei Yoshida, author of Democracy Betrayed: Okinawa Under US Occupation

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