Category Archives: International

Petition (3/18/16) by Doktor Urging Hawai`i State & City Reps to Support Okinawan People

Hawai`i State & City Reps: Stand with Democracy by Standing With the Okinawan People By Pete Shimazaki Doktor YouTube video uploaded by Will Griffin on 2/29/16 Click here to sign the petition. Okinawa was illegally overthrown by Japan and continues … Continue reading

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Okinawan Tribute Ships

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Kim Pennebaker on Uema Ayano

Updated 3/20/16 By Kim Pennebaker Comment posted on 3/15/16 at 6:25 am I’ve been following Uema’s music since I first heard her sing Soranju a couple years ago. Now I have all her music and think I know much about … Continue reading

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Ukwanshin Events for March 2016

From: Ukwanshin Kabudan Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2016 2:19 PM Subject: Upcoming major events Gusuuyo Chuuganabira! Just a reminder to join us for our 3 big events coming up next week Registration is still open for the 2nd LooChoo Identity … Continue reading

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‘On Stormy Seas: War, Geopolitics, and Identity Formation in Okinawa’ 3/18/16 at University of Hawaii

Click image to view the large PDF file. COS Lecture Series “On Stormy Seas: War, Geopolitics, and Identity Formation in Okinawa” by Kyle Kajihiro, PhD Student in Geography Department, March 18, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm, Tokioka Room, Moore (Rm 319).

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Taikai 2016 Event Tickets: How to Get Them on Our Own?

Today, March 8, 2016, Anonymous posted a comment asking: “How do I get tickets for the event if I don’t book through a travel agency?” Click here for the latest information re this question. I’m planning to attend, but I’m … Continue reading

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Uema Ayano Was Here in Hawaii in February 2016!

Uchinanchu, Jan-Feb 2016: “Ayano Uema, a well-known singer from Gushikawa, Okinawa, paid a surprise visit to HOC to view the Peace Messages Exhibit. She treated everyone present to a beautiful and most appropriate song about Himeyuri. Ayano hopes to return … Continue reading

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COS Lecture 2/26/16: ‘Preserving and Presenting Uchinanchu Identity in the Diaspora: The Evolution of Okinawan Clubs in Hawaʻi and Brazil’

The Center for Okinawan Studies (University of Hawaii at Manoa) Lecture Series presents “Preserving and Presenting Uchinanchu Identity in the Diaspora: The Evolution of Okinawan Clubs in Hawaʻi and Brazil” by Dr. Robert K. Arakaki on 26 Feb. 2016, 3:00-4:30pm, … Continue reading

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Aya Ezawa’s Study Unit on Okinawan Identity

The following bibliography is from Aya Ezawa’s “Okinawa: Beyond the Ethnic Other” (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore College, 2002-2003), a study unit “focusing on the identity struggles of Okinawans. They show how and why it has been difficult for … Continue reading

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Events for Early 2016

Hi Folks, Here are some of the Okinawan events that are happening early part of this 2016…. ================================================== From: Ukwanshin Kabudan Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 1:19 PM Subject: Upcoming events Chuuganabira! We hope your New Year has begun well … Continue reading

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UH Manoa Intro to Okinawan Dance 2016: Jan 31-Mar 6

From: Yukie Shiroma Date: Sun, Jan 24, 2016 at 11:24 PM Subject: Intro to Okinawan Dance: Spring 2016

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Goju-ryu Leader and Scholar Seeks Assistance in Writing a Book

Updated 1/10/16 Nuno Oliveira of Lisbon, Portugal, is writing a book, Chojun Miyagi1 and the History of Goju-Ryu, and needs assistance with the kanji of some masters’ names. If you can help or know of someone who could, please contact … Continue reading

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OAA 2016 New Year’s Party Jan. 17

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Full Text: U.S. Citizens’ Response to Ambassador Caroline Kennedy’s 17 Dec. 2015 Statement of Support for Henoko Plan

In her December 17 Tokyo press conference, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy faithfully parroted Obama administration’s contention, saying that building a new U.S. marine base at Henoko in Okinawa is “the best of any other plan considered.” After cordial … Continue reading

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Aloha Party for BEGIN 12/14/15

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Constructing ‘Japanese Identity’ Among Okinawan Students 11/20/15

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Center for Okinawan Studies UHM Spring 2016 Courses

Center for Okinawan Studies University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Spring 2016 Courses ASAN 320O Asian Nation Studies: Okinawa: Multidisciplinary examination of major Asian countries; cultural, social, economic, and political lives of their peoples. (O) Okinawa Prerequisite: 201 and 202, or … Continue reading

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Support Honolulu City Council Resolution 15-322 Re US Bases on Okinawa

Updated 1/6/16 The Big Picture. Keep in mind that the 32 US military bases on Okinawa occupy 20% of the island’s prime land. Okinawa has a land area of 466 square miles and a population of 1.4 million inhabitants. Compare … Continue reading

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International Conference of Uchinanchu Youth 2016 Jan 15 – 24 in São Paulo, Brasil

Registration period: 15 Oct 2015 – 30 Nov 2015 Click here to view or download the information packet (PDF, 247 KB).

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Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Okinawa

Received a tip about this program from my brother-in-law, Phil, via email on 19 Oct. 2015. The tip originated in an email from his friend, Gary, on the same date. The program, “Okinawa: The Japan You Might Not Know,” aired … Continue reading

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Photos from Governor Ige’s Trip to Okinawa and Guangdong Oct. 2015

Photos and captions from Governor David Ige’s Facebook page. For a video briefing of the trip, click here. Photos from Okinawa

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Gov. Ige’s Briefing on Trip to Okinawa and Guangdong (10/15/15)

(Apologies for the poor quality of the video. As of 10/16/16, this is the best quality available online for embedding. -Editor, Liuchiuan) Governor’s Office News Release Governor Ige returns from successful business, diplomatic mission to Japan, China HONOLULU – Gov. … Continue reading

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Two Amazing Okinawans Who Helped Change the World

Two Okinawans who helped change the world were born not only the same year and the same month, but almost on the same day. Kyuzo Toyama, known as the “Father of Okinawan Immigration,” was born on November 9, 1868, in … Continue reading

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Tour de Okinawa 11/8/15: International Bicycle Road Race

Tour de Okinawa 11/8/15: International Bicycle Road Race Three events: Champion Road Race: Categorazied as Asia Pro Tour 1.2 of UCI, or the International Cycling Union, this 200km distance is the longest of all road races in Japan. Heated competition … Continue reading

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Okinawa Prefecture International Student Scholarship – November Deadline

I found two sources of information for this scholarship for study in Okinawa: Japan Study Support and JASSO. The information is probably outdated, but you can get a fairly good idea about the requirements and benefits. For current information, contact … Continue reading

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‘Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawaii’ – JANM Exhibit July 11-Sep. 6, 2015

Exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, July 11-Sep. 6, 2015: “Incorporating paintings by Laura Kina and photographs by Emily Hanako Momohara, Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i is a unique examination of worker migration and settlement from the islands of … Continue reading

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Why Not an Uchinaaguchi Writing Contest?

Hello everyone, Please watch this lecture by Jack Musick at UH Hilo. I found it interesting. He presents the current state of Uchinaaguchi as he knows it after spending a year in Okinawa. You might find it interesting also. This … Continue reading

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Yoko Gushiken Inducted into International Boxing Hall of Fame

Yoko Gushiken (具志堅 用高 Gushiken Yōkō, born June 26, 1955 in Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan) is a Japanese former professional boxer from 1974-1981. The southpaw’s professional record is 23-1 (15 by KO) and he held the title of WBA Junior Flyweight … Continue reading

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30th Anniversary Hawaii-Okinawa Sister-State Relationship July 10-12, 2015

Forwarded by Rodney Inefuku on 7/3/15. Register for events now at Eventbrite by clicking here: https://hawaii-okinawa-30.eventbrite.com or call Hawaii Okinawa Center at (808) 676-5400 for tickets and more information. See below for more details on each event.

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Drums of Hope 7/12/15 Hawaii Okinawa Center 1-6pm

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