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Two Americas -Politics of Representation Surrounding American Village in Okinawa-

  • 日本硏究
  • 2015, (39), pp.325-348
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Published : August 20, 2015

Cho JungMin 1

1부산대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Two Americas -Politics of Representation Surrounding American Village in Okinawa- The purpose of this study is to examine the politics of representation surrounding American Village in Tyatan, Okinawa. American Village is an urban resort constructed on the reclaimed land around the American airfield and shooting range on the seashore in 1981. This facility was built by modeling Seaport Village in San Diego, America, and is often considered as a successful case in the aspect of utilizing American military base. However, American Village and the American military base Camp Lester, which is on the opposite side, are suggesting conflicting America and keeping a tense relationship. This scenery shows the repeated negative/positive views of America and the existence of both temptation of and objection to the American culture. In other words, American Village and Camp Lester having Japan National Route 58 in the middle represent the space of imitation and acceptance of America, conflict and connection, and agreement and denial. What matters is that the space of ‘Two Americas’, American Village and Camp Lester, is being forced to follow the order of the hierarchy by military power and capital strength. In addition, how to imagine and practice the force to disrupt and break that order would be a huge task. This study tried to examine the formation process of American Village and analyze the aspects of American reproduction and expression of the identity of Okinawa. It will provide the possibility to look at the phenomenon of post-colonialism working complexly in Okinawa from a new angle.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.