Yonsei Journal of International Studies, Review by Scott Kardas
"Kirk focuses on the comparison between the two islands rather than an explanation for the military bases. A concentrated approach keeps the book concise and direct. Even though Kirk did not widen the scope of examination, the book points to foreign powers’ interference in local matters as one of the main sources of the problem. Therefore, he maintains a succinct argument within the boundaries of his analysis. Kirk’s comparisons between Okinawa and Jeju are both original and relevant. The research depth and the style of using smaller situations to examine the bigger picture allow the reader to comprehend the situation easily and to form a personal connection. Furthermore, the resounding themes of connect and disconnect intertwined throughout each chapter present a cohesive story. This unique comparison is especially pertinent to the current global power shifts and political situation in East Asia."
Sign posted outside naval base on Jeju spells out some of the reasons for the protest