Cultural Prostitution in Okinawa and Hawaii
Cultural prostitution is the use of culture for commercial or political gain. It can take many forms, such as exploiting traditional cultural practices for tourism, or marketing a country as a unique destination. It can also involve the distortion of history or culture to serve political goals. In this essay, I will discuss how both Okinawa and Hawaii have been subjected to American expansion, and how this has led to cultural prostitution in Okinawa. I will also argue that while Okinawa has been used by Japan for its own political gain, Hawaii has largely been able to preserve its culture.
2. Okinawa under Japanese Rule
Okinawa was first annexed by Japan in 1879, and remained a part of the Japanese empire until the end of World War II. During this time, Okinawa was heavily exploited by Japan for its strategic location and natural resources. The people of Okinawa were treated as second-class citizens, and their culture was suppressed. This changed after the war, when Okinawa was placed under American administration.
3. American Expansion in Okinawa
The American presence in Okinawa began with the construction of military bases following World War II. These bases took up a large amount of land, and the native Okinawans were forcibly evicted from their homes. The impact of the American bases on Okinawan society was profound. The arrival of American troops led to an increase in crime and prostitution, and the influx of foreigners led to the erosion of traditional values and customs.
The problem of cultural prostitution in Okinawa is compounded by the fact that the Japanese government has also exploited Okinawa for its own political gain. In order to maintain good relations with the United States, Japan has allowed the construction of military bases on Okinawan soil. This has had a negative impact on Okinawan society, as it has led to an increased American presence on the island. As a result, Okinawans have been subjected to two forms of cultural exploitation: by the Japanese government and by the American military.
In conclusion, both Okinawa and Hawaii have been subjected to American expansion, which has led to cultural prostitution in Okinawa. While Okinawa has been used by Japan for its own political gain, Hawaii has largely been able to preserve its culture.