Opinion: The oddness of Okinawa September 24, 2014 Professor Mark Beeson explores issues surrounding national identity and current geopolitical tensions through the history of Okinawa in his opinion piece in The Conversation. Professor Beeson looks at how Okinawa – one place in the increasingly troubled East Asian region captures all of the tensions over national identity, accidents of history, and the current geopolitical tensions that threaten to spill over into actual conflict. Looking at the history of Okinawa offers a small but illuminating window into some wider issues, and not just for students of Asian geopolitics. He examines the two claims to fame that the island has beyond its natural charms and the celebrated cheerfulness of its inhabitants. First, it was the scene of one of the most brutal and costly conflicts of the entire Second World War. The second reason Okinawa is significant is that it’s a very tangible reminder of how difficult it is to change the political facts on the ground, no matter what the majority of the people might want. Read the full piece on The Conversation website. Print This Post Media contact: Natalie Hailes-Phakos Tel: | Mobile: | Email: N.Hailes-Phakos@murdoch.edu.au Categories: General, Asian studies, political science and social sciences, Experts Tags: East Asian region, Okinawa, geopolitics, mark beeson, the conversation Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!