Workshop – Overturning the “US Pivot to Asia”: Views from Sit-in Camp in Okinawa



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A banner produced by Tokyo-based A3BC collective for the Okinawa protests

Workshop – Overturning the “US Pivot to Asia”: Views from Sit-in Camp in Okinawa

Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Interference Archive – 131 8th Street, #4, Brooklyn

Admission: Free

The usage of the word “pivot” as a policy term to describe the US strategic agenda in the Asia-Pacific region was first introduced in October 2011 by former US Secretary Hillary Clinton. The people in Okinawa maintain that this is not a pivot, rather an escalation of US imperialist intervention that this government has implemented for more than 100 years.

At this presentation and discussion about ongoing protests to stop construction of US military helicopter landing zones in Takae, Okinawa, writer and professor Kosuzu Abe will provide insight into the opposition movement from the ground up and how the history of Okinawa has been shaped by ongoing struggles against US imperialist intervention.

A founding member of Project Disagree, a social and intellectual activism network, Abe is currently a professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa and has written about gender studies, history and memory, music, poetics, and race and ethnicity studies, as well as her original major, Caribbean and American Studies. Beginning with the anti-military base construction struggle in Henoko, she has been deeply committed to the protest movement against helipad sites construction in the northern province of Takae since 2007.

For more information, please visit Interference Archive’s website.