Center for Okinawan Studies Lecture
April 5, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Moore Hall Room 319
The Center for Okinawan Studies presents: "Recognizing Irredentism: Ulysses S. Grant and the Ryukyu Shobun with Dr. Mark McNally (University of Hawai'i at Manoa).
"After the completion of his presidency in 1877, Ulysses S. Grant embarked on a world tour that lasted more than two years. The final leg of his journey took himto China and Japan, after which he returned to America in September of 1879. While in China, government officials asked him to mediate their dispute with Japan over its abolition of RyÅ«kyÅ« and creation of Okinawa Prefecture in March of 1879, to which Grant agreed.
He later met with Meiji government officials in July of 1879 to discuss the matter. Within a few days, Grant sided completely with the Meiji government and utterly rejected the Qing governmentâ€™s insistence that RyÅ«kyÅ«â€™s autonomy be restored. Grant supported Japan because he interpreted the annexation of RyÅ«kyÅ« (as Okinawa Prefecture) through the lens of irredentism, since Meiji officials justified it on the basis of deep commonalities between the RyÅ«kyÅ«an and Japanese peoples."
Free admission; Registration is not required.
Center for Okinawan Studies, Mānoa Campus
Sachiko Iwabuchi, (808) 956-5754, email@example.com, http://manoa.hawaii.edu/okinawa/wordpress/, April 5 COS Lecture (PDF)