Title

Okinawa: The Hawaii of Japan?

Presenter

Skye Goedert

Abstract

My presentation provides a background that may shed light and understanding on Okinawa’s problematic relationship with both Japan and the United States. In the U.S., people may remember the Battle of Okinawa, or they may know that Okinawa serves as the home for 75 percent of U.S. military bases in Japan. Few in Japan realize that, until 1879, Okinawa was known as the Ryūkyū Kingdom. Today, people in Japan consider Okinawa a tropical paradise for tourists. The name Okinawa means “rope in the open sea,” which aptly describes a long stretch of 150 islands between Japan and Taiwan. But Okinawa has a unique language and culture. Today, the people of Okinawa are at once “Okinawans’” and Japanese. Thus, the question of Okinawa as a prefecture within Japan and the question of Okinawan identity remains a complex and highly debated topic.

Faculty Sponsor

Ron Takemoto

Tracks

Japanese Language and Culture

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Location

Olin 129

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Okinawa: The Hawaii of Japan?

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My presentation provides a background that may shed light and understanding on Okinawa’s problematic relationship with both Japan and the United States. In the U.S., people may remember the Battle of Okinawa, or they may know that Okinawa serves as the home for 75 percent of U.S. military bases in Japan. Few in Japan realize that, until 1879, Okinawa was known as the Ryūkyū Kingdom. Today, people in Japan consider Okinawa a tropical paradise for tourists. The name Okinawa means “rope in the open sea,” which aptly describes a long stretch of 150 islands between Japan and Taiwan. But Okinawa has a unique language and culture. Today, the people of Okinawa are at once “Okinawans’” and Japanese. Thus, the question of Okinawa as a prefecture within Japan and the question of Okinawan identity remains a complex and highly debated topic.

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