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Steve Rabson

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Steve Rabson (born May 7, 1943) is an American Japanologist, historian, translator, academic and professor emeritus of East Asian Studies at Brown University.[1]


Rabson's research has focused on modern Japanese literature, especially works depicting war, its aftermath, and the experiences of women and minorities.[2] He is regarded as an expert on Okinawa, subject of several of his books, and has spoken of wartime rape there to the New York Times.[3] He is also a Japan Focus associate. As a U.S. Army draftee he was stationed in Okinawa in 1967-68.[4]

Selected works

In an overview of writings by and about Rabson, OCLC/WorldCat lists roughly 11 works in 17 publications in 2 languages and 360+ library holdings.[5]

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (December 2016)
  • The poetry of Kaneko Mitsuharu, 1979
  • Okinawa : two postwar novellas by Tatsuhiro Oshiro, (Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1989, reprinted 1996)[4]
  • Shimazaki Tōson on war, 1991
  • Yosano Akiko on War : To Give One's Life or Not : A Question of Which War, April 1991[6]
  • Righteous Cause or Tragic Folly: Changing Views of War in Modern Japanese Poetry, (Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 1998)[4]
  • Southern exposure: modern Japanese literature from Okinawa, co-edited with Michael Molasky (University of Hawaii Press, 2000)[4]
  • Edo senryū on waka and women, 2003
  • The Okinawan Diaspora in Japan: Crossing the Borders Within (University of Hawaii Press, 2012)[4]
  • Kpop Crash Course: Beyond Gangnam Style, Dr Steve Rabson with Alexandra Swords[7]
  • Islands of Resistance: Japanese Literature from Okinawa, co-edited with Davinder Bhowmik (forthcoming from University of Hawaii Press, 2015)[4]


  1. ^ Steve Rabson at; retrieved 2013-5-16.
  2. ^ Steve Rabson at; retrieved 2013-5-16.
  3. ^ Sims, Calvin (1 June 2000). "3 Dead Marines and a Secret of Wartime Okinawa". New York Times. Nago, Japan. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Steve Rabson". JapanFocus. March 31, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  5. ^ WorldCat Identities: Rabson, Steve; retrieved 2013-5-16.
  6. ^ Rabson, Steve (1991). "Yosano Akiko on War: To Give One's Life or Not: A Question of Which War". The Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese. 25 (1): 45–74. doi:10.2307/488910. JSTOR 488910.
  7. ^ Steve Rabson and Alexandra Swords. "Kpop Crash Course: Beyond Gangnam Style". Google Docs. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
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