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The Imagination and Possibility of a Community without a ‘State’ - With a View of the Postwar Okinawan Idea -

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2023, 69(), pp.97-122
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2023.69..97
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : May 19, 2023
  • Accepted : June 9, 2023
  • Published : June 30, 2023

SON Ji-Youn 1

1경희대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Looking back at Okinawa around 1970, there were people who actively considered Fanon's ‘Theory of Violence’as a new creativity or possibility. Arakawa Akira along with Kawamitsu Shunichi, Okamoto Keitoku, and others were the ones who pursued the Okinawan idea by insisting on the ideological independence of the region rejecting violence in the name of ‘state’; recognition of the obvious fact that a new solidarity of peace can be created only when the present is destroyed, Their reasoning shows the present state of Okinawa well as they resisted the center called ‘nation’ and sometimes willingly embraced it and created their own ideology. From this, if you look at the 1990s, you meet Medoruma Shun, who seems to have inherited their ideas. Although he is not from the war generation, he grew up listening to the sound of live ammunition just like a war, and he understands the current situation in Okinawa as the ongoing war and occupation of violence. Above all, he does not go towards the direction of ‘eliminating’ ‘violence’, which can be the fundamental problem of the modern people-state. In this study, we envisioned the non-national, anti-state ideology and independence of Okinawa, discussed the nation and the emperor system from the perspective of Okinawa, widely observed the thoughts of Arakawa and others who criticized the inside of Okinawa from the point of view of the people of Okinawa, an influential writer representing Okinawa, and looked into Medoruma's actions in detail with his work, who is taking the lead in blocking the base constructiona is a practical activist and recorder before being a writer, and is evaluated as a sender. Their reasons will provide valid arguments for seeking practical alternatives to intellectual networks for the establishment of an East Asian peace community and deriving policy alternatives.

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