Bodies and Structures 2.0: Deep-Mapping Modern East Asian History


The monuments and artifacts Gail photographed are the focus of this section (scroll to the bottom of this page to move to the "Festivals and Performances" section of Heritage). The photographs in the collection indicate that Gail visited some of the more prominent archeological and historic sites on the southern portion of the main island of Okinawa, which was also where many of the military bases were concentrated.

In the summer of 2015, Alan Christy took a group of student researchers to Okinawa, partly with the goal of identifying places where Gail took photos. After spotting the shisa from Gail's photo in a pamphlet entitled Cultural Assets of the Ryukyus, student researchers followed the lead when they actually arrived in Okinawa, where they happened upon the actual statues, now prominently displayed at the Tamaudun Royal Masoleum, adjacent to Shuri Castle.

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