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Making Homes, Building Bases: The Politics of Domesticity in the U.S. Occupation of Okinawa


Since the 1995 rape incident in Okinawa involving a 12-year-old girl and three American servicemen, the trope of masculine domination and feminine subjugation has shaped much of the discussion concerning the U.S. military presence there. However, as Wilson Center Japan Scholar Mire Koikari noted at an Asia Program event on November 28, gender has played a far more complex role in the relationship between the United States and Okinawa.