>colonized by the Empire of Japan
>native Ryukyuan language and culture actively banned and destroyed like in occupied Korea
>native Ryukyuans treated like shit by the Japanese. Used as meatshields against America in WW2 and forced to die for the Japanese
>Ryukyu islands become part of America as an overseas territory
>Ryukyuans apparently disliked American rule so much that they decided to join Japan as Okinawa Prefecture in 1972
What was it about American rule that made them chose to join thier former Japanese oppressors rather than be part of America? Why didn't they chose to become an independent kingdom again?