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THE FUNAMBULIST PODCAST Nº124

THE HISTORY OF OKINAWA’S STRUGGLE AGAINST IMPERIALISM

Recorded online with Wendy Matsumura on September 11, 2017.

This conversation with Wendy Matsumura is released along a short report about current movements of protest against the US army’s ubiquitous presence in Okinawa, published in The Funambulist blog. Wendy takes us through the chronology of domination that Ryukyuans (cf. lexicon in the report), then Okinawans had to experience since the 17th century and the various forms of resistance that were opposed to it. From the Satsuma Clan’s claim on the Ryukyu Kingdom, to the Japanese annexation of it, to the US army’s occupation, and finally the current situation of a US imperialism negotiated with the successive Japanese governments and their varying degree of nationalism, we try to cover a period of time to understand how the present resistance of Okinawans is rooted in centuries of similar movements.

Wendy Matsumura is Assistant Professor of Japanese History at University of California in San Diego. She is the author of The Limits of Okinawa: Japanese Capitalism, Living Labor, and Theorizations of Community (Duke University Press 2015).

CONTRIBUTION TO THE FUNAMBULIST MAGAZINE:
– “Okinawa: The Cold War Creation of a Model Jungle” in The Funambulist 9 (Jan-Feb. 2017) Islands

Okinawa Photo By Leopold Lambert For The Funambulist 10 1
Protest site of Takae. Photograph by Léopold Lambert (2017).

ASSOCIATED ARTICLE ON THE FUNAMBULIST BLOG:
– “Voices of Takae and Henoko: The Okinawan Resistance to US Imperialism & Japanese Nationalism” (Sept. 14, 2017)