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THE OKINAWAN DIASPORA IN JAPAN: Crossing the Borders Within, by Steve Rabson. University of Hawai’i Press, 2012, 312 pp., $55.00 (hardcover)

Okinawa, mainland Japan’s subtropical playground, is no paradise to Okinawans. Ryukyu, the archipelago’s original name, means “circle of jewels.” Lush appearance is one thing, gritty reality another. Life hasn’t glittered here for centuries.

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