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Militarized CurrentsToward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific$
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Setsu Shigematsu and Keith L. Camacho

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665051

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665051.001.0001

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From American Lake to a People’s Pacific in the Twenty-First Century

From American Lake to a People’s Pacific in the Twenty-First Century

(p.309) Conclusion From American Lake to a People’s Pacific in the Twenty-First Century
Militarized Currents

Walden Bello

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the current expanse of what it calls America’s “transnational garrison state” as it impacts Asia and the Pacific Islands. Traditionally, this Pacific garrison state has been used for power projection into Northeast Asia, the Chinese heartland, and Southeast Asia. More recently, it has also served to support the projection of U.S. power to West Asia and the Middle East. The transnational garrison state has spawned a subeconomy and subculture that have had distorting effects on the larger economy and culture of the host societies. Wherever the United States established bases in the western Pacific, the degradation of women forced into sexual labor was institutionalized in a multimillion-dollar entertainment industry that enjoyed the tolerance of the U.S. military hierarchy, which considers sexual recreation vital for the “morale” of troops. This chapter offers a vision of alternatives to U.S. militarism in Asia and the Pacific and proposes a case for the demilitarization and denuclearization of the “Asia-Pacific”.

Keywords:   transnational garrison state, Asia, Pacific Islands, United States, women, sexual labor, militarism, demilitarization, denuclearization, Asia-Pacific

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