Dr. Ayako Takamori’s work on race and transnationalism is garnering attention in a collection of essays published by Rowman and Littlefield.
Ayako Takamori’s article, Fault Lines of Occupation, Limits of Hybridity: Race, Class & Transnationalism Okinawa, appeared in Rethinking Postwar Okinawa: Beyond American Occupation (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017).
Dr. Takamori’s article is one of several significant essays in this collection of interdisciplinary research on contemporary Okinawa (the Ryukyu Islands). This book expands the conversation beyond geographic boundaries, touching on American authority and empire in a global context.
Despite undergoing several social and cultural transformations since the end of the war, Okinawa has been characterized largely by its U.S. military presence. The debate over whether to add yet another military base continues, and this collection of scholarly works helps tell Okinawa’s story, providing context for the conversation. In so doing, Dr. Takamori and her fellow authors provide a new and better understanding of the social and cultural dynamics of Okinawa and its people.
On a related note, Dr. Takamori also presented on Transpacific Circuits of Care and Kinship at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C., as part of a session on The Politics of Health and Care in and Beyond East Asia. The American Anthropological Association is the world’s largest association for professional anthropologists, covering cultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology and linguistic anthropology.
Ayako Takamori teaches in the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies program at Marylhurst University. Her teaching and research is driven by an enduring interest in how identities are negotiated and mediated across borders and in post-conflict contexts through cultural citizenship and activism.