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Beachheads

War, Peace, and Tourism in Postwar Okinawa

Beachheads by Gerald Figal
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This original and fresh book explores Okinawa’s makeover as a tourist mecca in the long historical shadow and among the physical ruins of the Pacific War’s most devastating land battle. Gerald Figal considers how a place burdened by a history of semicolonialism, memories of war and occupation, economic hardship, and contentious current political affairs has reshaped itself into a resort destination. He traces cultural, political, social, and economic issues of Okinawa’s postwar experience to the present through the innovative frame of tourism development—both as it has been imagined and, in some cases, realized. Creatively, accessibly, and eloquently written, this compelling work highlights a set of islands that represent key issues facing contemporary Japan.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; April 2012
276 pages; ISBN 9781442215832
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Title: Beachheads
Author: Gerald Figal
 
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1442215836
9781442215818
9781442215832