Organized Panel Session
Cold War Okinawa and South Korea are sites in which American and Japanese powers have constantly sought to reconstruct their hegemonies out of the ruins of war. If the persisting militarization of the sites was one pillar of their hegemonies, then the dissemination of imperial knowledge and material aid into local politics was another key element that remolded the societies. This panel examines how the imperial interconnections predicated on militarization as well as material and intellectual circulation have sustained imperial domination yet also led to tensions between metropoles and postcolonial spaces.
To this end, each of the panelists addresses the complex intra- and inter-regional nexus of postcolonial societies in Okinawa, mainland Japan, and South Korea. Asako Masubuchi examines how the Okinawan diasporas’ participation in "relief" for their war-devastated homeland almost inevitably became connected with the militarization of the Asia-Pacific, by looking at the “Okinawa Relief movement,” in which they sent relief goods to U.S.-occupied Okinawa. Sinhyeok Jung seeks to revisit historical entanglement between Okinawa, mainland Japan, and Korea through the analysis of works by Korea-born Japanese writer Morisaki Kazue (1927-). Ji Young Jung analyzes how the appropriation of discourses on “oppressed Chosǒn Women” in postcolonial South Korea was entwined with “cold war feminism.”
Taken together, this panel also hopes to contribute to filling disciplinary gaps within Asian Studies as well as gaps between Asian Studies and Asian-American Studies, by illuminating both US-Asian relations and the mechanism of local politics vis-a-vis multiple colonial powers in the Cold War Asia-Pacific.