Cold War encounters in US-occupied Okinawa : women, by Mire Koikari

By Mire Koikari

During this cutting edge and fascinating learn, Mire Koikari recasts the U.S. profession of Okinawa as a startling instance of chilly warfare cultural interplay during which women's grassroots actions concerning houses and homemaking performed a pivotal position in reshaping the contours people and eastern imperialisms. Drawing on insights from stories of gender, Asia, the United States and postcolonialism, Koikari analyzes how the career sparked household schooling hobbies in Okinawa, mobilizing an collection of ladies - domestic economists, army better halves, membership girls, collage scholars and homemakers - from the USA, Okinawa and mainland Japan. those girls went directly to pursue a chain of actions to advertise 'modern domesticity' and construct 'multicultural friendship' amidst excessive militarization at the islands. As those ladies took their dedication to domesticity and multiculturalism onto the bigger terrain of the Pacific, they got here to articulate the complicated intertwinement of gender, race, domesticity, empire and transnationality that existed through the chilly struggle

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As discussed below, notwithstanding the enormous inequality that defined relations between American and Okinawan women, their negotiations were heterogenous and changing, leading to unexpected and sometimes surprising consequences, and revealing the multifaceted, incoherent, and sometimes subversive dynamics surrounding women, homes, and empire on the Cold War islands. The USCAR Women’s Club and tales of feminine friendship in Cold War Okinawa Among American women’s clubs that emerged in post-war Okinawa, the USCAR Women’s Club, whose membership consisted primarily of wives of USCAR personnel, played a particularly salient role in promoting people-topeople activities at the grassroots level.

18 By the early 1960s, USCAR had also established fairly wellorganized administrative structure, including a “Public Affairs” office ready to launch a series of public relation programs. While keeping this shift in mind, it is nevertheless crucial to recognize that culture and cultural dynamics constituted a salient factor from the very beginning, mediating US–Okinawa relations in a variety of ways and mobilizing women as the chief agents. 20 Two relief programs – LARA (Licensed Agencies for Relief in Asia) which began in 1949 and RIVAC (Ryukyu Islands Voluntary Agency Committee) which began in 1954 – further facilitated the process of local adaptation to foreign domesticity in terms of food, clothing, medicine, and other everyday materials, impressing upon Okinawans the power and generosity of Western, especially American, capitalist democracy in concrete, material terms.

The USCAR Women’s Club was keenly aware of its own significance. Compiling two thick “scrap books,” members of the club made a point of documenting their activities from 1952 to 1972, with numerous photographs, letters, invitation cards, pamphlets, posters, and newspaper clippings.

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