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Question: How does Kwon’s exploration of “the work of waiting” impact the way that we think about immigration policy in a specific country? What kind of map of global migration patterns would be adequate to express the range of labors that people engage in to support one migrant worker?

Immigration has always been a tough issue for many countries. The ethical benefit of allowing better lives for many and the economical drawbacks of affecting local employment amongst other drawbacks has been a big source of debates for many governments. One “policy” that I would like to compare with the points…

Question: How do you think the trauma that Okinawan women experienced during the Battle of Okinawa impacted their responses to the military base construction that the US military Occupation authorities enacted during the early 1950s that we see in the Isahama struggle? What traumas have to be dissociated from the Battle of Okinawa and understood as new to the time of US military occupation?

Although war might have been fought with men, women during war times are generally the greatest recipient of psychological damage and trauma. The mystery of not knowing whether their family members were alive or not everyday…

After weeks in this class, my perception of art and music has shifted and developed. Apart from the artistic expression of many art forms, I believe that some if not all art forms are basis for cultural identification. An art form might represent a cultural upbringing, their activities, or their lifestyle. In the case of repression and oppression, these “cultural productions” were often formed and created in places of hardship and community.

Often throughout history, place-making can be seen in areas where communities are allowed to freely express themselves, where ideas are formed and discussed. In all of the groups…

Question: What do you think are some of the impacts of being labeled as spies, or national traitors by the state and military for internal relations within Okinawan society? How do you think this impacted Okinawans’ treatment/views toward Korean women who were brought to the islands as “comfort women” beginning in 1941?

Beginning from the annexation of the Ryukus, the local population was split into two main beliefs. One being resentful of the Japanese overtaking many cultural aspects and disallowing the ability for the Ryukus to rule for themselves, and one being the belief that they were lucky, not having…

Question: Why do you think Kawashima insists on focusing on the suppression of Korean workers in Japan by the Soaikai, a Korean welfare organization in his piece? What questions does his analysis raise about the way we might think about both the Taki Seihi strike and the love story between Mr. Kim and Matsuo Shina discussed in the lecture? What are ways that you might think about their relationship beyond the its representation as an inter-racial love story as stated in the newspaper account?

To me, I believe that Kawashima’s focus on the Soaikai is due to the nature of…

Week 3 Question :

Why do you think that both Liang Qichao and He Zhen developed their politics on China while they were away from the country? Have you experienced something similar, where travel, or moving away shifted your self-identification? Why do you think their views on nationalism diverged, even though they were reading many of the same texts and thinking about similar questions about the modern world and China’s place in it?

While on their travels, Liang Qichao and He Zhen both were able to develop their ideas against the dynastic state and its benefits. I believe that their…

Question: The questions I would like you to engage with are as follows: How might paying attention to sound/soundscapes help us think about all of the ways that capitalism destroys our relationships to each other, as well as about how people continue to form new relationships with each other? Think about this question by engaging Goffe’s concept of extra-coloniality. How might our understanding of Honolulu’s Chinatown change if we engaged this question of sound?

After reading articles that escribe the issue of settler coloniality and extra coloniality, mainly Goffe’s Bigger than the sound and Karl and Rebecac E’s From staging…

Question: How can you use the concept of settler colonialism to construct a new map of East Asia that links the histories of Hawaii and China to US and Japanese imperialism? What happens when you add the Caribbean and British imperialism to the mix (think back to Goffe)?

After diving into the readings, I concluded that settler colonialism is the intrusion, replacement, and disadvantaging of previous indigenous owners of land from the arrival and settlement of settlers. One of the most prominent examples of this concept is the US on China and Hawaii.

During the1800’s Chinese immigration into the US…

Question: How might paying attention to sound/soundscapes help us think about all of the ways that capitalism destroys our relationships to each other, as well as about how people continue to form new relationships with each other? Think about this question by engaging Goffe’s concept of extra-coloniality.

In Goffe’s article, he has mentioned that sounds and music described the daily life of immigrants and natives alike. The lyrics in the song accompanied by the beat shows the mixture of cultural backgrounds affecting the area. However, when looking at the Chinese influence on Jamaican music, we can see the effects of…

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