I’m primarily interested in using my time in the academy to try and broaden the sorts of research we consider as acceptable forms of research. Oral histories, public histories, digital humanities projects; these are the future of the field. Not only do these tools widen the scope of who are considered acceptable subjects of history, but they also allow for a wider accessibility to our scholarship.
My research focuses in on the commodification of culture and identity within the tourism machine, and the ways that the legacies of Japanese colonialism still mark the Okinawan resort beaches. I’m ultimately interested in the question of whether the nuances of multivocal culture can survive the imperial, capitalistic conquest, and in what form? Where does indigenous identity still show itself within this superstructure? Is tourism really a lesser evil compared to the colonizer’s military bases?
I am also currently working on a project showing how social media trends shows the role of COVID-19 in exposing the colonial aspects of tourism within Okinawa.