Thursday, September 26, 2019
6:00pm – 7:30pm
JASC – Japanese American Service Committee
The JASC Legacy Center Presents A “Memories of Now” (MON) Seminar Series Presentation
Co-sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS) and JACL Chicago.
Featured Speaker: AKEMI JOHNSON, Author
At the southern end of the Japanese archipelago lies Okinawa, host to a vast complex of U.S. military bases. A legacy of World War II, these bases have been a fraught issue for decades—with tensions exacerbated by the often volatile relationship between islanders and the military, especially after the brutal rape of a 12-year-old girl by three servicemen in 1995.
But the situation is more complex than it seems. In “Night in the American Village,” Akemi Johnson takes readers deep into the “border towns” surrounding the bases—a world where cultural and political fault lines compel individuals, both Japanese and American, to continually renegotiate their own identities. Focusing on the women there, she follows the complex fallout of the murder of an Okinawan woman by an ex-marine in 2016 and speaks to protesters, to women who date and marry American men and groups that help them when problems arise, and to Okinawans whose family members survived World War II.
Thought-provoking and timely, “Night in the American Village” is a vivid look at the enduring wounds of U.S.-Japanese history and the cultural and sexual politics of the American military empire.
AKEMI JOHNSON is the author of “Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa.” A former Fulbright scholar in Okinawa, she has written about the island for The Nation, Travel + Leisure, Explore Parts Unknown, and other publications. She has also contributed to NPR’s All Things Considered and Code Switch. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Brown University, she lives in Northern California.
RSVP to Ryan Yokota by calling or emailing at: 773-275-0097, ext. 222 or at email@example.com
Light refreshments will be provided, and location is wheelchair accessible
Event is Free; Parking available in JASC parking lot