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This is an excellent book n so many levels It would make a great textbook for a college course n Okinawa But it s also very readable as Johnson tells the stories f different women in Okinawa It is rich in detail and description and the political controversies are covered uite astutely I knew f Okinawa s history and culture before reading this book so I had some context but I was surprised at how deep the author went explaining not just what happened but how and why it happened If you have a connection to military bases andor if you have any interest in Japan and Okinawa you should read this book Or if you just want to be challenged into thinking about the world in a different way you should read this book It is a smooth read but not an easy ne as you need to take time to consider what is being said But so worth it Night in the American Village by Akemi Johnson is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late JuneIts chapters named for 11 women each wit I didn t know much about Okinawa and it s history going into this book I had just finished a historical fiction story w a character who died in the Battle Diaries of a College Girl of Okinawa so the timingn receiving this book was perfect I couldn t have even told you that Okinawa was it s The Wallace and Gromit A Close Shave Pop-Up Book own island and not a city in Japan proper funny that this book refers to Japan as the mainland when it is an island itselfWhat the US and Japanese military have done to Okinawa in the past is bad enough but what they continue to do to this island is abhorrent No place should have to be a huge militaryutpost for a foreign government s military especially when they had no say in what would happen Becoming The Bride: Gender Swap Erotica on theirwn land I know that this has affected both men and women but it seems that in this situation it is the women who have had to suffer the larger conseuence At least this book certainly makes it seem that way No community should have to live in fear f being raped r killed any time they leave the safety f their wn homes and in fact some women have been accosted in their wn homes tooI have never been a fan f how many service members the US has stationed all Tiffany Girl over the world especially sinceur military is for OUR defense not the police for the rest One Cause, Many Ailments: The Leaky Gut Syndrome: What It Is and How It May Be Affecting Your Health of the world This book simply reinforces the fact that I am correct in my feelingsn this matter 45 Multi dimensional view Cutting Edge Marketing Analytics: Real World Cases and Data Sets for Hands On Learning (FT Press Analytics) of the US bases in Okinawa through women s relationships with themJohnson weaves these women s stories with wide ranging historical background from the Ryukyu kingdom colonialism World War II reconstruction reversion the Cold War and the threadf positive negative and worse interactions between the bases local residents and foreign workers There were times when some history became repetitive as though these narratives had been assembled from separate work published independently and the acknowledgments suggest as much but Paolo and Panetto overall the book is terrifically educational at least for someone with little awarenessf Okinawa than that Vivien Leigh offered by The Karate KidMost impressive is how comprehensive her scope isn this issue having lived there for an extended period and revisiting Okinawa recently She speaks with amejo local single women primarily interested in dating Americans ethnically Okinawan and mixed race women who havedon t have stable relationships with an American man inout By the Book of the military protesters an American military wife foreign workers who work in bars and hospitality with someverlap with sex workers women s support group leaders She does reveal her personal point The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order of view at times in particular when skepticalf certain points f view but most f the time lets these women s voices speak for themselves She carefully supports her subjects points f view with historical narrative fact contemporary reportingAll in all a terrific educational experience to have read The complexity f modern Okinawa comes through effectively I waited a few days after finishing to let it simmerHaving lived in Okinawa in a non military setting I was always an utsider looking in n relations between the OkinawansJapanese and the US military One native Okinawan man I met shook my hand and thanked me I asked why He said because without the United States the Okinawan people would be slaves to the Japanese That being said the ccupation hasn t been all positive far from itI moved to Okinawa a few months after the former marine killed Rina Shimabukuro and tensions were high to say the least I was also there when an Osprey aircraft had to crash land along a beach after they found their aircraft to be faulty and they attempted to fly around the island instead f ver the towns and cities in the southern part f the island A noble maneuver that ultimately still fired up many The Teachings of Spenser Carlyle: The Novel of the anti base protestors Anyone who has been is currentlyn r will go to Okinawa should read this book to understand the history f relations between the US and the island as well as between the military and the women as the author emphasizes There are horrifying accounts Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art of rape depictedne being The Message of Salvation: By God's Grace, for God's Glory of a 12 yearld girl buying a notebook who was picked up tape. At the southern end Anonymums of the Japanese archipelago lies Okinawa host to a vast complexf US military bases A legacy f World War II these bases have been a fraught issue in Japan for decades with tensions exacerbated by the ften volatile relationship between islanders and the military especially after the brutal rape f a twelve year ld girl by three servicemen in the 1990sBut the situatio.
D Practical Ventriloquism over the mouth and eyes and raped by three marines who all served less than ten years each The murderf Rina Shimabukuro by a former marine who was looking for a victim claimed he attacked her when he saw she was the ne This nly scratches the surface f rape and murders committed by serviceman n the island This troublesome history is a large part On Riemanns Theory of Algebraic Functions and Their Integrals of the animosity against the United States There are also depictionsf why native women fall in love with the servicemen and have families There are stories Achtung ... U-Boats Passing: A Saga of War at Sea (Vol. 2) of failed love and native women being cheatedn by the servicemen who have wives and children Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat of theirwn already There are also success storiesThere are depictions Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home of the struggle in closing the bases as well as the storiesf native women who work n the bases and f those who rely n the bases for their livelihoods There are depictions f the protests taking place to prevent beautiful scenery and cean ecosystems from being destroyed to build new bases Begging is shameful to be sure but taking land by military force and causing us to beg is especially shameful This is a memorable book Akemi Johnson lays ut all the factors affecting the Japanese island Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls of Okinawa as it hosts a dense concentrationf US military bases the historical economic legal social and sexual patterns that have changed Okinawa into a hybrid Japanese American culture Johnson is uite even handed as she looks clear eyed at some Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of the atrocities Americans have perpetratedn Okinawans as far back as WWII and at many Night's Pawn of the benefits that have been exchanged Her story is bookended by the casef Rina Shimabukuro a young woman who was murdered by an ex GI in 2016 The crime Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) opens the books and the sentencing closes it In between there are mentionsf dozens American crimes and interviews with a myriad f locals who love r hate r sometimes both the American presenceWhile reading the book I thought ften The Secret Child of Mark Twain s uoten travel It is fatal to prejudice bigotry and narrow mindedness and many f ur people need it sorely n these The Okinawa islands are Japan s most southern islands a 2 hour and 45 minute flight from Tokyo During World War II a horrible ground battle was fought n Okinawa island which killed 95 000 Japanese and 12000 American soldiers About ne uarter f the civilian population approximately 150 000 people were killed during the battle and the Pacific war After the war the US kept full control f the Ryukyu islands f which Okinawa is a part First in 1972 the islands were Thank you NetGalley for the ARCLet me start by saying that I have not Death by Inferior Design only studied at University and lived in Japan but have also served in the military and have been stationed in Japan and been to Okinawa many times I was leery at first to see what agenda the author had torn between my love for the people and culturef Japan and Okinawa and for my fellow service members and America I knew this book could go a number f ways I was very happy that the author not nly conducted extensive research Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 on both the Okinawan side but the American side as well as I feel that she was able toffer a uniue perspective to a difficult and volatile situation without taking sidesIn her novel Ms Johnson looks at the troubled yet co dependent relationship between Okinawa and the United States since WWII through the lives f women n the island In each chapter she tells the story f a particular woman revealing her life n this tropical island and how society around her both Okinawan and American react and accept her She also draws parallels to women A Philosophy of Cinematic Art on the mainlandf Japan In the book she shows us the amejo the girls who The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified only date American guys the war survivor the base protestor the wifef an American who relies White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs on the base the abandoned hafu childf an American father and Okinawa mother the Filipina bar hostess and the rape victim Each ne gives us a glimpse into this complicated relationship between the US and Okinawa the bases and the island the military and the Okinawa people This relationship this story this history is different than the rest f Japan and needs to be understood as a separate entityIf you have ever wondered why the people Scab of Okinawa protest the basesr if you wonder why each incident that happens involving a US service member gets elevated to the level it does why it s In a World Created by a Drunken God on their National radar if you are in the military and are stationed therer will be stationed there Indo No Kao or have been stationed therethis is a MUST read Brava Ms Johnson You did a brilliant job with a very difficult topic Akemi Johnson takes a look at Okinawa and analyzes its history as a contact zone a place where cultures intersect through trade and conflict by focusing the narrative via the perspectivesf eleven women from the island in The American Village Women in the Shadow f the US Military Bases in Okinawa 2019 The first chapter Rina is named after 20 year ld Rina Shimabukuro who was raped and murdered by an ex marine working as a civilian contractor Giant Peach Yodel on a base in 2016 Johnson states that she starts with this story because it represents the larger sto. N is complex than it seems In Night in the American Village journalist Akemi Johnson takes readers deep into the “border towns” surrounding the bases a world where cultural and political fault lines compel individuals both Japanese and American to continually renegotiate theirwn identities Focusing Sinai and Zion on the women there she follows the complex falloutf the murder f an Okinawan woman.
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Ry f Okinawa and shows what many people get wrong about it there is a long history f military sexual violence but nly big stories like this get reported These personal stories allow Johnson look at them in context f the history since ccupation after WWII The second chapter Eve is named after a 29 year Iniquity old receptionist who isbsessed with finding a black husband before she is too ld to marry This chapter gives Johnson an pportunity to look at some subcultures among women n the island They are given the derogatory names such as ame jo and koku jo I had assumed the jo meant women who like Americans r blacks But it turns Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) out that it comes from the Okinawan word jogu which means appetite for something with sexual connotations In the third section Ashely the focus is a wifef a Marines Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook officer describes her life as being like an extensionf college with parties and utings n the island The fourth chapter is about Sachiko a WWII survivor who worked as a nurse in the caves Livin' de Life on the island during the war Johnson analyzes the last daysf the war where many Japanese chose to kill themselves rather than be raped and tortured by the American devils Arisa the subject The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter of chapter five grew up near a base and ended up marrying a soldier from the base Thus in this chapter Johnson looks at historyf international marriages between Okinawan women and the soldiers Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki on the base and how they evolvedver time It is clear that Arisa s stable marriage is something Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of an exception when you hear the storiesf the support group that she volunteered with The sixth chapter focuses The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta on women s rights advocate Suzuyo Takazato and allows Johnson to delve into thether sensational military rape case that took place in 1995 when three marines abducted a 12 year ld girl raped her and then dumped her in a trash can The following chapter Daisy is about a Philippine who came to the island as a hostess and managed to find a decent life utside f the red light district but this is an pportunity for Johnston to analyze trafficking in Japan Chapter eight focuses n Miyo daughter f an African American and Okinawan woman Johnston explains that the term applied to Miyo hafu derived from the English word half is a neutral r positive identifier for most mixed race Japanese people Kiki the subject f chapter nine happily works Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge on Futenma base the most dangerous base in the world given its proximity to a densely populated town where crashes have narrowly avoided killingr injuring local people Other factors such as pollution and prospects Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars of what the spaces would be used fornce a base closes are discussed in this section Chie the main subject The Witches Ball of chapter ten was introduced in chapter four when Johnston focusedn her mother Sachiko Chie is a lively free spirit and English teacher by trade but she is a leading base protester who devotes most Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book of her free time to protesting the buildingf the new base Henko north f Nago n the island This was ne f the most interesting chapter for me since it focuses The Deadline on the main issuef the day in Okinawa moving Futenma to Henko The last chapter focuses n the youngest generation by focusing n recent protester Ai who due to her family s urging has stopped protesting after she was Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling outraged by the rape and murderf Rina There are few young people involved in the protest which suggests that the bases will probably live Ready to Restore on in Okinawa as they have in the past Despite the fact that Okinawa is uniue in that the US military presence creates social spaces andpportunities therwise hard to find in Japan Johnson has arrived at a personal conclusion She says But the I learned about the situation and history the I felt the bases in Okinawa need to close Knowing how Okinawans suffered through World War II how the United States snatched their land how mainlanders relegate bases to Okinawa to keep them ut Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel of theirwn backyards how there s no tragic reason for such a heavy military concentration n ne small island how pervasive sexual assault is and how Okinawans have demonstrated their Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History opposition time and time again through democratic means I know it s an injustice to have so many US bases continue to exist in Okinawa I m currently a military spouse livingn Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio onef the bases in Okinawa and I think this book should be reuired reading for everyone associated with the military hereThis book gave me important lessons in history sociology and Okinawan culture It took me longer than usual to read because I had to take time between chapters to emotionally process The Okinawan people especially the women presented have endured some very difficult traumas I loved that the author did her best to show all different perspectives and leaves it to the reader to form their Regarde, c'est maman ! ownpinions about American forces in Okinawa and whether The Bricklayer or not they should stayr goI m so glad that Ms Johnson shared these women s stories and I hope she comes to Okinawa for a readingI received an ARC Advance Reader Copy f this book courtesy f The New Press NetGalley in exchange for an honest review All thoughts and Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation opinions are mywn. By an ex–US serviceman in 2016 and speaks to protesters to women who date and marry American men and groups that help them when problems arise and to Okinawans whose family members survived World War IIThought provoking and timely Night in the American Village is a vivid look at the enduring wounds The Occult Detector (The Semi Dual Stories Book 1) of US Japanese history and the cultural and sexual politicsf the American military empir.
Night in the American Village Women in the Shadow of the US Military Bases in Okinawa The New Press 2019 A former Fulbright scholar in Okinawa she has written about the island for The Nation Travel Leisure Explore Parts Unknown and other publications She has also contributed to NPR’s All Things Considered and Code Switch A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Brown University she lives in Northern California