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Uniquely Okinawan: Determining Identity During the U.S. Wartime Occupation

Courtney A. Short


This study explores the planning considerations of the United States military in formulating and implementing policy for the occupation of Okinawa from April 1945 to July 1946. American soldiers, Marines, and sailors on Okinawa encountered not only a Japanese enemy, but a large local population. The Okinawans were ethically different from the Japanese, yet Okinawa shared politics with Japan as a legal prefecture. When devising occupation policies, the United States military analyzed practical military considerations such as resources, weapons capability and terrain, as well as attempted to asc ... More

Keywords: American soldiers, ethnicity, identity, occupation, Okinawa, Japan, Marines, military government, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823288380
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288380.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Courtney A. Short, author
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill