Act 1, Scene 1
• This is a three-act play about American military efforts to introduce democracy and American culture to the Okinawan people living on the island of Okinawa during the American Occupation of Japan, following World War II.
• Sakini, the narrator, describes the occupation of the American military forces as a way to learn the cultures of other peoples, without ever having to leave your own home.
• When Fisby arrives, it is revealed that Fisby has not so much requested a transfer to Purdy's unit, but has been moved, because he seems to fail at every other job or unit in which he is placed.
• Sakini acts as interpreter between the American military personnel and the Okinawan residents and works for Colonel Purdy, a heavy set Col. who would like to retire as a general.
• Gregovich, the Colonel's assistant, spends much of his time finding and reading the Colonel's...
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