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Online Book Talk with Dr. Zulueta: Transnational Identities on Okinawa’s Military Bases

by Sachiko Iwabuchi 岩渕祥子 on 2020-11-10T09:02:01-10:00 | Comments

Online Book Talk with Dr. Zulueta: Transnational Identities on Okinawa’s Military Bases

The Center for Okinawan Studies is delighted to host an online book talk with Dr. Johanna Zulueta, professor at Soka University and the author of Transnational Identities on Okinawa’s Military Bases: Invisible Armies (2019)


  • Date & Time: Friday, Nov.13, 2020, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm (HST)
  • Zoom Registration: please visit:


This recently published book (2019) considers the role of civilian workers on U.S. bases in Okinawa, Japan and how transnational movements within East Asia during the Occupation period brought foreign workers, mostly from the Philippines, to work on these bases. Decades later, in a seeming “reproduction of base labour”, returnees of both
Okinawan and Philippine heritage began occupying jobs on base as United States of Japan (USFJ) employees. The book investigates the role that ethnicity, nationality, and capital play in the lives of these base employees, and at the same time examines how Japanese and Okinawan identity/ies are formed and challenged. It offers a valuable resource for those interested in Japan and Okinawa, U.S. military basing, migration, and mixed ethnicities.

Dr. Zulueta is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of International Liberal Arts of Soka University. For over a decade, she has conducted research on Okinawa-Philippines migration, looking at the role of the U.S. Occupation of Okinawa.


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