BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20200125T000000Z DTEND:20200125T000000Z DESCRIPTION:Join Akemi Johnson as she reads from her debut book\, &ldquo\;N ight in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bas es in Okinawa\,&rdquo\; on Saturday\, Jan. 25\, at 2 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum\, First and Central in Little Tokyo.\n\nA legacy of World War II\, these bases have been a fraught issue in Japan for decad es &mdash\; with tensions exacerbated by the often volatile relationship b etween islanders and the military\, especially after the brutal rape of a 12-year-old girl by three servicemen in the 1990s.\n\nBut the situation is more complex than it seems. Johnson takes readers deep into the &ldquo\;b order towns&rdquo\; surrounding the bases &mdash\; a world where cultural and political fault lines compel individuals\, both Japanese and American\ , to continually renegotiate their own identities.\n\nFocusing on the wome n there\, she follows the complex fallout of the murder of an Okinawan wom an by an ex-U.S. serviceman in 2016 and speaks to protesters\, to women wh o date and marry American men and groups that help them when problems aris e\, and to Okinawans whose family members survived World War II.\n\nThough t-provoking and timely\, &ldquo\;Night in the American Village&rdquo\; is a vivid look at the enduring wounds of U.S.-Japanese history and the cultu ral and sexual politics of the American military empire.\n\nJohnson is a f ormer Fulbright scholar in Okinawa and has written about the island for&nb sp\;<em>The Nation\, Travel + Leisure\, Explore Parts Unknown\,</em>&nbsp\ ;and other publications. She has also contributed to NPR&rsquo\;s &ldquo\; All Things Considered&rdquo\; and &ldquo\;Code Switch.&rdquo\;\n\nThe read ing will be followed by a conversation with historian Lily Welty Tamai. Th e book will be available at the JANM Store.\n\nThis program is free in con junction with the SoCal Museums Free-for-All\, but RSVPs are encouraged.\n \nFor more information\, call (213) 625-0414 or visit&nbsp\;<a href="http: //"></a>. DTSTAMP:20231206T184814Z SUMMARY:Reading &amp\; Discussion | Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa URL:/en/events/2020/01/25/reading-discussion-night-in-the-american-villa/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR