Cold War Encounters in US-occupied Okinawa: Women, Militarized Domesticity and Transnationalism in East Asia

TitleCold War Encounters in US-occupied Okinawa: Women, Militarized Domesticity and Transnationalism in East Asia
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsKoikari, Mire
Number of Pages235
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge, United Kingdom
Abstract

In this innovative and engaging study, Mire Koikari recasts the US occupation of Okinawa as a startling example of Cold War cultural interaction in which women's grassroots activities involving homes and homemaking played a pivotal role in reshaping the contours of US and Japanese imperialisms. Drawing on insights from studies of gender, Asia, America and postcolonialism, Koikari analyzes how the occupation sparked domestic education movements in Okinawa, mobilizing an assortment of women – home economists, military wives, club women, university students and homemakers – from the US, Okinawa and mainland Japan. These women went on to pursue a series of activities to promote 'modern domesticity' and build 'multicultural friendship' amidst intense militarization on the islands. As these women took their commitment to domesticity and multiculturalism onto the larger terrain of the Pacific, they came to articulate the complex intertwinement of gender, race, domesticity, empire and transnationality that existed during the Cold War.

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