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Islands of Entanglement: the Philippines, Hawai'i, and the Transpacific Geographies of Okinawan Literature

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Kahin Center
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Part of the Ronald and Janette Gatty Lecture Series

Ryan Buyco, PhD Candidate, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University

This presentation is an introduction to my larger dissertation project about the small island archipelago of Okinawa in Southern Japan. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Okinawans migrated and settled in disparate areas of the world—such as Brazil, California, Hawai‘i, and the Philippines. Beginning in the 1980s, there was an increased interest in the history of Okinawan migration in Okinawa and in the diaspora. This presentation will examine select works of 1990s Okinawan literature in relation to two sites of the Okinawan diaspora—Hawai’i, and more specifically in this talk, the Philippines. While these texts speak to the diasporic trajectories of these two places, they also resonate with other concerns regarding US militarization and settler colonialism in the greater Pacific. This introduction will also situate my project within ongoing conversations of transpacific studies, specifically as it relates to the convergence of Asian Studies and Asian American Studies in recent years.

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