Mitzi Uehara Carter - Assistant Teaching Professor of East Asian Studies and Anthropology, Florida International University
The radical framework of the Black Pacific offers a unique way to make sense of the multiple afterlives brought together in the heavily militarized island of Okinawa, Japan. This talk will focus on key lessons learned while researching and writing about the entanglements of Black and Asian intimacies, colonialities, and forms of anti-Blackness in Okinawa. Carter will also discuss how the Black Pacific, as a conceptual lens, gives scholars of Okinawa a way to raise better questions about the legacy of White supremacy in the Pacific and better analysis of the persistence and vitality of Black life and imaginaries in Japan.
Mitzi Uehara Carter is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Studies and Director of the Global Indigenous Forum at Florida International University in Miami, FL. Her anthropological research is focused on how people make sense of and live with multiple concepts of security along the militarized fencelines in Okinawa. She is currently writing a book that merges her fieldwork and tales of her mother’s life as a survivor of the Battle of Okinawa and her journey to a segregated US South.
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