Okinawa studies today

Laura Hein*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The recent explosion of work on Okinawa focuses attention on Okinawans in Japan’s empire, the diaspora, the American postwar order, and the more distant past. Another major topic is the multiple ways that individuals experience their relationship to Okinawan identity. This research matches the energy and creativity of Okinawan culture today. Popular frustration with the presence of U.S. military bases, enabled by the Japanese government, remains an inescapable issue in the background.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-512
Number of pages18
JournalCritical Asian Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2022


  • Okinawa
  • diaspora
  • empire
  • military bases
  • subjectivities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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