This week, we start off some coverage of the period of American rule over the Ryukyus, and the entwined histories of USCAR – the US Civil Administration for the Ryukyu Islands — and the GRI, the Government of the Ryukyu Islands. How did this arrangement work? What were the issues between them? And why did so many Okinawans come to despise American rule?
The CIA Reading Room has a bunch of declassified documents on USCAR and the Ryukyus. Here’s one of them.
Aldous, Christopher. “Achieving Reversion: Protest and Authority in Okinawa, 1952-70.” Modern Asian Studies 37, no. 2 (2003)
Inoue, Masamichi. Okinawa and the US Military: Identity Making in the Age of Globalization
Kerr, George. Okinawa: The History of an Island People