Organized Panel Session
The modern histories of Okinawa and Jeju are shaped by the Cold War and its legacies, and today both are known for long-standing movements advocating for the self-determination of peoples from their respective islands. How have members of social movements, kin networks, and religious communities in Jeju and Okinawa sought to challenge or transcend the nation-state? What solidarity-building measures have they pursued in order to increase symbolic leverage while also expanding and maintaining their movements on local and international scales? This session’s papers explore the layered histories of solidarity in relation to movements that cross boundaries as they form networks of resistance. How are newly emerging symbolic spaces of collaboration in Okinawa enabling the reimagining of “peace” into potentially a common asset of the Asia-Pacific region against the existing network of U.S.-centered security alliances? What role does religion play in forming and maintaining transnational solidarity networks from the perspective of Jeju Island’s anti-base movement? How have traumatic memories been transmitted inter-generationally in ritual practices that reflect ties of social and spiritual solidarity that connect Jeju with zainichi communities in the Japanese city of Osaka? This session will explore historically grounded responses and strategies that reconfigure the meaning of solidarity to create new possibilities for collective action and shared identities. It considers how such networks have contested the nation-state politically, while they have responded to both historical and contemporary phenomena through the creation of newly imagined spaces of alliance, encompassing lines of affinity both within and well beyond Northeast Asia.