Akemi Johnson

Akemi Johnson is a former Fulbright scholar in Okinawa and has written about the island for The Nation, Travel + Leisure, Explore Parts Unknown, and other publications. She has also contributed to NPR’s All Things Considered and Code Switch.

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Akemi Johnson’s powerful account of the U.S.

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Read an excerpt from Night in the American Village


 “A deep dive into the intricacies of the lives of those who are dependent upon, yet in danger from, their involvement with the U.S. military.”

Library Journal, Starred

“Johnson masterfully weaves historical details and current events into the interviews with her subjects, with each aspect enriching the broader tale. Highly recommended…”


Books by Akemi Johnson

Night in the American Village
Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa

Akemi Johnson