December 21, 2017

New Resource: Koza riot as seen by the U.S.

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The Okinawa Collection recently acquired a book titled Beikoku ga mita Koza bōdō : Beikoku kobunsho Ei-Wa taiyaku (= Koza riot as seen by the U.S. : U.S. official document side by side in English and Japanese (1999).

Front cover of Koza riot as seen by the U.S.

コザ騒動(コザ事件)from 日本大百科全書(ニッポニカ)

「1970年(昭和45)12月20日、コザ市(現沖縄県沖縄市)で発生した沖縄住民による反米焼き打ち事件。コザ騒動ともいう。事件は、基地の街コザで起こった交通事故に端を発し、米軍憲兵の住民無視の事故処理と威嚇発砲に市民の怒りが爆発、約5000人の群集が米軍車両75台を焼き打ち、武装出動した憲兵隊約300人に投石、多数の負傷者を出した。同事件は、人権無視の米軍支配に対する沖縄住民の不満の爆発として受け取られ、沖縄返還協定の交渉中であった日米両政府に大きな衝撃を与えた」。

Ueunten, W. I. (2010). Rising Up from a Sea of Discontent: The 1970 Koza Uprising in U.S.-Occupied Okinawa. In Enloe C. (Author) & Shigematsu S. & Camacho K. (Eds.), Militarized Currents: Toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific (pp. 91-124). University of Minnesota Press. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/j.ctttv7q0.10

“I [Wesley Iwao Ueunten] came across an account of a riot that occurred in Okinawa on December 20, 1970, that made its way to the front page of many major American newspapers but then suddenly disappeared from news coverage the next day. In the aftermath of the “Koza Riot,” or what I choose to call the “Koza Uprising” because it was not merely a chaotic and mindless fracas (a point about which I will address later; see Figure 5.1), over seventy cars owned by Americans and a few buildings on the huge Kadena Air Force Base, for which the town of Koza served as an entertainment district, were burned by Okinawans. No such violent protest by Okinawans toward U.S. military occupation can be remembered before or since then.”

[Militarized Currents : Toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific, edited by Setsu Shigematsu, and Keith L. Camacho, University of Minnesota Press, 2010. ProQuest Ebook Central, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/uhm/detail.action?docID=548047.
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(n.s.) (2003 March 1). “Koza hanbei sodo / コザ反米騒動” in Ryukyu Shimpo.