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Sakhalin: The Island of Unspoken Struggles

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Sakhalin Island or Karafuto as it is known in Japan changed hands a number of times during the course of its history. Each change had a far-reaching impact not only on the native peoples but also on the thousands of immigrants who had settled there, either willingly or by force.

For over a century, two major powers, the Soviet Union and Japan, endeavored to bring Sakhalin i
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Paperback, 206 pages
Published September 28th 2020 by Indy Pub
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Marica
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
August 1945, the bloodiest moment in the long dispute between Russia and Japan over sovereignty on this large island in the cold north of the Pacific Ocean. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Kristine Ohkubo guided me, page after page, in the objective and never partial analysis of problems whose roots go back to long time ago and whose effects have repercussions even to present days. A journey to discover little-known ethnic minorities, lives of hardship where nature is often merciless, t ...more
Jade H.
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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If you read Kristine Ohkubo’s “The Sun Will Rise Again,” you would have known the basic details of what transpired on Sakhalin Island in 1945 as she briefly mentioned those tragic events in the Postscript. Three years following the release of that book, Kristine gives us the gut-wrenching details of those historic events in her recent release titled “Sakhalin: The Island of Unspoken Struggles.”

The book traces the history of the island beginning with its tributary relationship with China all the
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Diana Sawada
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Kristine Ohkubo brings to the forefront a topic that is not well-known in the West and virtually forgotten in Japan. Through her concise and easy to understand writing style, she clearly conveys the stories of the various peoples who settled this inhospitable island in the Russian Far East. Whether those people chose to make Sakhalin their home by choice or by force, each one represents a unique story worthy of sharing.

Many people believe that the Pacific War ended with Japan’s surr
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Amanda L.
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kristine Ohkubo is an incredible storyteller. I recently finished reading her book “Nickname Flower of Evil” and had planned to simply glance at the introduction of “Sakhalin” before tucking the book away to be enjoyed during the holiday break. I could not put the book down. Why haven’t others written about this?

Chock-full of history and facts, the book tells the story of all who have suffered on this cold and foreboding island called Sakhalin. The indigenous peoples, the Japanese colonists, th
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達也 須藤
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You can have an overview of Sakhalin or Karafuto as the Japanese call it. and also you can hear some voices of real people. We have to know what happened in this small island located during the second world war through this book.
Hiroshi
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Sakhalin” is an unparalleled account of the people who became the victims of the power struggles over this resource-rich island in the Far East. The history of Sakhalin is little known even to Japanese, including myself, although a part of the island was once colonised by Japan and the Japanese settlers themselves eventually became the victims at the end of World War II. Thoroughly researched, Kristine Ohkubo’s intelligible writing reveals the island’s complex history that involved the world po ...more
Sheridan Tatsuno
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Sakhlin” is a groundbreaking book about a little known corner of Northeast Asia. Well researched and lucidly written, it provides a political and ethnographic review of the island’s tortuous, alternating colonization by the Mongols, China, Japan, and Russia, exploring how the local Ainu, Korean and Russian inhabitants struggled in a harsh environment to develop their towns and cultures. The highlight is the Russian invasion of “Karafuto”, the Japanese name for Sakhalin, at the end of World War ...more
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KRISTINE OHKUBO is an avid traveler, blogger, and Japanophile. She developed a deep love and appreciation of Japanese culture, people, and history early in life. Her travels in Japan have enabled her to gain insight into this fascinating culture, which she shares with you through her work.​

Her first book, a travel guide to Japan, was published in 2016. In 2017, she released a historical study of t
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