Decolonizing knowledge of and from Okinawa
1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022110364511
|Publish Date:|| 2024-04-30
This paper explores the militarized situation of Okinawa Island and the ongoing struggles and challenges that Okinawans continue to confront. Particular focus is placed on how Okinawans challenge dominant colonial forms of knowledge, which assert that the U.S. military presence on the island is beneficial for Okinawan and Japanese people. After contextualizing Okinawa Island within contemporary American imperial geopolitics and outlining the current state of the island, the paper looks at three different, yet closely integrated, ways in which Okinawans, led by activists and progressive local officials, challenge the dominant narrative on the U.S. military. By questioning dominant assumptions about security, a base-dependent economy, and Okinawans’ indigenous status, these movements contribute to the decolonization of knowledge, an important step toward the demilitarization of the island. The paper concludes with a discussion of remaining challenges for decolonial knowledge production.
Critical Asian studies
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
519 Social and economic geography
517 Political science
520 Other social sciences
This research was supported by the Academy of Finland [grant number 321755].
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
321755 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
© 2022 BCAS, Inc. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Asian Studies on 31 Oct 2022, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14672715.2022.2136098.