A Student from Hawaii Defends ‘Shimakutuba’

This video features Collin Michael Hoo, who represented the University of the Ryukyus in the 32nd Japanese Speech Contest by Foreigners. The title of his speech is “Ninufwabushi (The North Star),” and his message is about the importance of maintaining Shimakutuba, the indigenous languages of the Ryukyu Islands. Collin is from Hawaii and studying in Okinawa. His father is a second-generation Chinese-American, and his mother is a sansei Japanese-American with roots in Okinawa. The video was uploaded to YouTube by Collin on 18 May 2015.

Much thanks to Harold Kameya, originally from Maui and now living in Southern California, for bringing this video to our attention.

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