Transnational Social Movements, US Military Bases and Civil Society in the Asia Pacific Region: Okinawa and Beyond
(2007 - 2011)
This project researches and theorises Okinawan communities’ experiences in living with US military bases. The significance of this research is in transforming the definition of base-hosting communities from victims of the US empire to active agents in the development of US base politics and international relations. It further contributes to the understanding of the diversity of base communities’ responses, ranging from adaptation to resilience. The findings of this project will be pertinent examples for different communities affected by US military deployment across the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, in the forthcoming publication, Bases in Paradise? Protecting the US-Japan Security Alliance in Okinawa and Guam.
Above left: A re-enactment of Taiki, who was sent to Ming China as an ambassador from the Ryukyu Kingdom (Okinawa today) in the late 14-th century. At an annual ceremony at the Yomitan Village festival, photo taken by Dr Miyume Tanji.
Above right: Miyume Tanji in Onna Village, Okinawa, interviewing 7-dan and 8-dan Karate masters teaching Japanese high school students. Karate originates from Okinawa, previously known as the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Above left: At Takae, Higashi Village, northeast Okinawa.
Above right: The US Marine Corps Air Station built adjacent to the Futenma Primary School.
Above left: American suburb behind the Futenma Military Base fence.
Above right: At a military surplus shop near Kadena Rotary, Okinawa.
Above left: Chibana Shoichi, peace activist & hostel owner.
Above right: "Protect the Okinawa dugongs from the planned US Marine sea base construction" in Nago.
Above: Toguchi Beach.