2018: The Case of the Bonin Islanders
Quelle: The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 16 | Issue 11 | Number 5 | May 21, 2018
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Original Inhabitants but Not ‘First Peoples’:
The Peculiar Case of The Bonin Islanders
Hanae Kurihara Kramer
In 1830 a group of pioneers from Hawaii settled the uninhabited Bonin Islands (Ogasawara Guntō), located about 1,000 km south of Edo (present-day Tokyo) where their descendants formed their own cultural identity. This article explores some of the challenges the Bonin Islanders have faced since the Japanese takeover in the late 1870s. An emphasis is placed on their struggles with a fabricated history that continues to define their relationship with the Japanese state.