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Book Talk

Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa

Monday, November 25, 2019   19:00 - 20:30

Speaker:
  • Akemi Johnson (Author, Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa)
Author Akemi Johnson in conversation with Professor Mariko Nagai.
Author Akemi Johnson in conversation with Professor Mariko Nagai.

The stories we hear from Okinawa are often about tragic crimes and anti-base protests. But what is it really like to live around the many U.S. military bases on this southern island?

Akemi Johnson will read from and discuss her new book, Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa, which explores the complex physical and cultural spaces surrounding the American bases in Okinawa. She’ll touch on the history since WWII and the many ways Okinawans interact with the U.S. military presence–including resistance, cultural exchange, and identity formation.

Date & Time:
Monday, November 25, 2019   19:00 - 20:30 (Doors open at 18:30)
Venue:
1F Parliament student lounge, Temple University, Japan Campus
1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku Tokyo
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Moderator:
Mariko Nagai, Professor and Director of Research at Temple University, Japan Campus
Registration:
Registration is encouraged (e-mail to icas@tuj.temple.edu), but not required. 登録なしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.

Speaker:

Akemi Johnson

Akemi Johnson

Author, Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa

Akemi Johnson is the author of Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa. A former Fulbright scholar in Okinawa, she has written about the island for The Nation, Travel + Leisure, Anthony Bourdain’s Explore Parts Unknown, and other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Brown University, she lives in Northern California.