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"The dark blue blouses with white strips"
12018-04-23T13:40:25-04:00CHASS Web Resources398fc684681798c72f46b5d25a298734565e6eb823"The dark blue blouses with white strips on cuff and around neck flap are the school girl costume. This is a Japanese influence. As you see the girls on the left are doing all possible to hide their faces from the camera, the others too dumbfounded to turn in time. A second later they all ran back the path at the left. Nearby all the babies carried on their elders backs fall asleep and their heads dangle as on the girls back at the right. In America we are so careful to keep the baby's neck from bending, but here it is not considered so terrible."plain2018-12-05T15:38:20-05:00The Gail Project1952-1953Dustin WrightCharles Eugene GailThe Gail Project; University of California, Santa CruzUsed with permissionDustin Wright6d413a48d8bd1bdac9b40c6c99f258b065f86dda
12018-04-23T13:40:20-04:00Okinawan Children8Children in Gail's Photosstructured_gallery2018-12-05T16:14:17-05:00Dustin Wright
Gail often photographed represent, perhaps, a face of Okinawa that did not directly experience the war but was obviously reared in the poverty and material deprivation of the postwar. These images were taken only six or seven years after the war and the lingering effects are plainly visible: clothing made from repurposed military uniforms; children wearing military boots several sizes too big if they wore shoes at all; children who appear, as in the photo below entitled "Little fellow's head," to not quite know what to make of the white man behind the camera.
We have to wonder whether or not Gail was in uniform as he scoured the countryside looking for photogenic people and and striking landscapes. Certainly, whether uniformed or not, that he was a white man would most likely have let those he encountered to assume that he was a member of the occupying military, a figure both awkwardly out of place and yet simultaneously inscribed with colonial privilege and power. In some of the photos in this section, it is clear that the children are trying to avoid the camera's gaze, Gail himself, or both. In 1955, only three years after Gail took these photos, a 31-year-old American raped and murdered 6-year-old Nagayama Yumiko, a crime that roiled Okinawa and served to exacerbate fears of American military men.