The trailer to “Coming to you, Minu” reminds us of the important role that music plays in fights for migrant justice. Why do you think this is the case? How can we connect this question to the first reading you did in this course by Goffe, who also talked about the relationship between Chinese shopkeepers in Jamaica and music?

I believe that the trailer of “Coming to you, Minu” reminds us the importance of the role that music plays in fights for migrant justice because it is an idea that many people and relate to. Personally, I consider music as…


How do you think the trauma that Okinawan women experienced during the Battle of Okinawa impacted their responses to the military base construction that the US military Occupation authorities enacted during the early 1950s that we see in the Isahama struggle? What traumas have to be dissociated from the Battle of Okinawa and understood as new to the time of US military occupation?

The Battle of Okinawa and other wartime efforts left Okinawan women with a collective sense of trauma as they ultimately learned to equate the loss of their land to the United States military occupation with death —…


What each of the groups of people that we have discussed thus far share, is being treated with suspicion due to their societal treatment as somehow not fully belonging (here, I am talking about the Chinese in Honolulu, Koreans in Befu, and Okinawans on the battlefront). We have also seen how these people fought back at times, and at others, simply tried to carve out other socialities to survive and to live out their own ideas of abundance. We have not yet discussed place-making in terms of the creation of art, of music, of literature, etc. What place do you…


Why do you think Kawashima insists on focusing on the suppression of Korean workers in Japan by the Soaikai, a Korean welfare organization in his piece? What questions does his analysis raise about the way we might think about both the Taki Seihi strike and the love story between Mr. Kim and Matsuo Shina discussed in the lecture? What are ways that you might think about their relationship beyond the its representation as an inter-racial love story as stated in the newspaper account?

I believe that Kawashima insists on focusing on the suppression of Korean workers in Japan by the…


Why do you think that both Liang Qichao and He Zhen developed their politics on China while they were away from the country? Have you experienced something similar, where travel, or moving away shifted your self-identification? Why do you think their views on nationalism diverged, even though they were reading many of the same texts and thinking about similar questions about the modern world and China’s place in it?

I believe that both Liang Qichao and He Zhen developed their policies on China while they were away from the country because they became exposed to new ideas. Being outside of…


How might paying attention to sound/soundscapes help us think about all of the ways that capitalism destroys our relationships to each other, as well as about how people continue to form new relationships with each other? Think about this question by engaging Goffe’s concept of extra-coloniality.

Paying attention to sound and soundscapes provides insight on how relationships between different cultural groups have existed and changed over time. This is exemplified with the history of reggae music: the dominant narrative is that local black Jamaican engineers and performers shaped and pioneered the genre — which is very true — but it…


How might paying attention to sound/soundscapes help us think about all of the ways that capitalism destroys our relationships to each other, as well as about how people continue to form new relationships with each other? Think about this question by engaging Goffe’s concept of extra-coloniality.

Paying attention to sound and soundscapes helps us think about all of the ways that capitalism can destroy our relationships with each other. Specifically, in context of Reggae music, tracing back the full history and roots of the genre reveals not only the little-known contributions the Jamaican Chinese community had on reggae, but also…

Caitlin Lee

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