Lecture on ‘Father of Okinawan Studies’ on 5/23/16 at U of HI

Rodney HeaderCOS Lecture Series: “Ifa Fuyu in Context — Ryukyuan History and World War II Meeting in South Okinawa”

Featuring M. Ishida, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Dr. Ishida, a memberr of the Center for Okinawan Studies, is currently a visiting researcher at the Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo. He has spent much of the previous academic year in south Okinawa conducting research on Ifa Fuyu (1876 – 1947), widely recognized as the “Father of Okinawan Studies,” and other important modern Okinawan intellectuals. Following a brief introduction of Ifa Fuyu’s life and work, this talk re-examines the context in which Ifa published one of his most controversial newspaper articles on the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

Monday, May 23, 2016, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Moore Hall Room 258

Event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact COS at 956-5754 or cos@hawaii.edu

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Scholarship to Study in Okinawa Deadline 5/20/16

Rodney HeaderDEADLINE EXTENDED (May 20), SCHOLARSHIP STILL AVAILABLE!

If you are UHM student considering studying in Okinawa, this is a great opportunity. Open to advanced undergraduate majors and graduate students. The University of the Ryukyus and UH Manoa have exchange program. This means there are potential benefits regarding transfer of class credits and tuition fee. The scholarship (JPY80,000 x 11 months. Approximately US$800 x 11 months) are still available for selected UHM students applying for the URSEP program (University of the Ryukyus Short-Term Exchange Program).

DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 20. Please contact COS (cos@hawaii.edu) or the contact person in the attached PDF for more details.

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Experience Awamori on 5/19/16 at Pineapple Room, Honolulu

Rodney HeaderFrom: Shari Y. Tamashiro
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 12:26 AM
Subject: Special Event: Experience Awamori on May 19th at Pineapple Room

Special one-time event!

EXPERIENCING AWAMORI at The Pineapple Room

Thursday, May 19, 2016
The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong (Located in Macy’s at Ala Moana Shopping Center)
5 pm Tasting, 6 pm Dinner
Cost: $75/person

Awamori is a heritage drink, an alcohol only found in Okinawa. Experience and sample different types of awamori during the Informational Session at 5 pm. Awamori will be provided by Randy Kuba and Lotus Spirits.  Continue reading

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Resolution 15-322 Timeline

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Ladies and Gents:

Please note the following schedule of events:

April 26: Meeting of Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee when Resolution 15-322, CD1 will be addressed. It’s not a perfect resolution, but is good enough for our and Okinawa’s purposes, especially for the protesters at Henoko.

May 4: Meeting of Council to adopt resolution, if it passes the EMLA Committee. All members of Council are on Committee.

May 9-10: Gov. Onaga visits Honolulu to promote Taikai and can personally accept resolution, if it is adopted by Council. Note that Council Chair Ernie Martin has already inquired about a suitable presentation time in Onaga’s schedule, figuring resolution will be adopted. Chair Martin is co-sponsor of the resolution.

After six months of effort, the resolution is on its final path for adoption. The time is perfect for the Council’s adoption and personal presentation to Gov. Onaga. There will be Okinawa media accompanying the governor, so the immediate impact in Okinawa will be timely and widespread. The timing is especially perfect during this Abe-declared moratorium quiet period prior to Pres. Obama’s visit to Japan May 26-27. For the president’s home city to declare its moral support of the Henoko movement could have a tremendous impact on our commander-in-chief. A copy of the resolution will be promptly sent to him before he leaves for Japan. We live in very interesting times. Again mahalo for your continued interest and support of the resolution.

Related articles:
Call for Testimony: Resolution 15-322 Committee Hearing 4/26/16 at 1PM
Honolulu City Council Resolution re Henoko Needs Your Support on 4/18/16

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Call for Testimony: Resolution 15-322 Committee Hearing 4/26/16 at 1PM

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MESSAGE FROM ED KUBA
Ladies and Gents:

After six months of effort, Resolution 15-322, CD1 has finally been placed on the agenda for the Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 26, starting at 1:00, Honolulu Hale, Second Floor Conference Room.

We are now putting out a call for speakers supporting the resolution. We need several more on this historic document. Any of you would like to participate? Councilmember Carol Fukunaga’s office staff suggested one minute per speaker. Can you please contact me by 9:00 tonight?

Update 4/24/16: If you want to speak before the Honolulu City Council to express your support for Resolution 15-322, CD1 and Okinawa, you can email Edward Kuba at kubaedcward@gmail.com

Please note Gov. Takeshi Onaga will be in Honolulu May 9-10 to promote the Taikai. Hopefully the City Council will personally hand the resolution to him at that time. It’ll be the best omiyage he can take back to Okinawa.

Mahalo for your continued interest and support.

Aloha, Ed Kuba

Related articles:
Honolulu City Council Resolution re Henoko Needs Your Support on 4/18/16
Resolution 15-322 Timeline

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Taikai 2016: Sanshin Lessons for Opening Ceremony

1. Ahabushi Lyrics (tempo 68)
第6回世界のウチナーンチュ大会 安波節 歌詞

2. Ahabushi Kunkunshi (sanshin musical score) (tempo 68)
第6回世界のウチナーンチュ大会 安波節 工工四
Music sheet PDF.

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Taikai 2016 Theme Song ‘Yui – Linking Your Heart’

第6回世界のウチナーチュ大会 テーマソング「結~心届く~」 [Yui – Kokoro Todoku (Yui – Linking Your Heart)] uploaded by okinawaBBtv on 1/28/16.

The Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Theme Song

“Yui – Kokoro Todoku” (“Yui – Linking Your Heart”)

Music and Lyrics: Mai Hanashiro
Music Arranged by: Katsuya Yabe
Vocals: Mai Hanashiro

There was a ship with hopes and dreams, sailing across the waves with the southern wind
There were smiles and tears that brought together history and roots
In the whole wide world, your being is my pride
Wherever you are, when you sing an island song
You hear the sound of the sanshin echoing on the island
Carried by the wind across seas and skies, your passion will be delivered

The Milky Way sparkles in the night sky, enveloping everyone’s dreams

In the whole wide world, encountering you is an honor

Across the ages, when you hear the beat of the drum
Somewhere on this earth, flags will dance in the air
The moon that catches your dreams will always bathe you
The big rainbow after the rain forms a bridge to the peace-loving you
When you make a wish, your heart always reaches the island
When you sing an island song from wherever you are
You hear the sound of the sanshin resonating around the island
Carried by the wind across seas and skies, your passion will be delivered

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Click here to go to the official site of the The 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival.

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2016 Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Program

For the PDF of the entire program, click here.

For the PDF of the entire program, click here.

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Click here to go to the official site of the The 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival.

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San Francisco Okinawa Kenjin Kai

On the San Francisco Okinawa Kenjin Kai website, click on the English option (in the top right corner) if necessary.

Directors, L-R: Juli Kodani (Treasurer/Newsletter Editor), Kinuko Mototake (Dir. Culture/Arts), Matt Matayoshi (Co-Vice President), Yasutomi Makishi (Co-Vice President), Wesley Ueunten (President).

Directors, L-R: Juli Kodani (Treasurer/Newsletter Editor), Kinuko Mototake (Dir. Culture/Arts), Matt Matayoshi (Co-Vice President), Yasutomi Makishi (Co-Vice President), Wesley Ueunten (President). Not pictured: Ben Kobashigawa (Secretary), Ryuji Ganaha (Webmaster/Translator), Fumio Tomita (Treasurer/Newsletter Editor).

Upcoming Events
Keiro Kai – Senior Citizen’s Day
August 28, 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 12:30 – 4:00
Location: San Mateo Buddhist Temple, 2 South Claremont Street, San Mateo 94401

Newsletters

2016 April
2016 January
2015 October
2015 June
2015 April
2015 February

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OAA Upcoming Events Apr – July 2016

Seisonen-Bu (Activities Committee)
23rd Golf Tournament
April 24, 2016 (Sunday)
@ Chester Washington Golf Course
RSVP REQUIRED
More information to be announced

Annual OAA Picnic
Performances, Games, Raffles, Okinawan Bon Dance!
July 17, 2016 (Sunday) • 11AM – 4PM
@ Whittier Narrows Recreational Park (Area E-1)
750 Santa Anita Avenue, South El Monte, CA 91733
More information to be announced

OKINAWA ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC.
16500 SOUTH WESTERN AVENUE, SUITE #203
GARDENA, CALIFORNIA 90249

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Okinawa Taikai Caravan at Hawaii Okinawa Center 5/9/16 at 7PM

Gov. Takeshi Onaga

Gov. Takeshi Onaga

Okinawa’s Governor Takeshi Onaga will lead the Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai Caravan to Hawaii, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Washington D.C. to share information about the Taikai.

This Taikai information sharing session is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the events that are taking place at the Taikai. You won’t need to make reservations….open seating….everyone welcome!

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Honolulu City Council Resolution re Henoko Needs Your Support on 4/18/16

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Folks,

This is crucial. Please send to all the Uchinanchus you know… family and friends… so that they can support this also. We have to show support for this resolution… for the Okinawan people. This is the least we as Hawaii Okinawans can do.

If you have a printer-scanner, this is easy. First, print out the document to be signed, sign it, then scan the document back into your computer, generate an email saying, “I support Resolution 15-322, CD1.” Attach the signed document to the email,… and send email to Glenn Takahashi, Doris Lam, and Chris Delaunay at their email addresses below.

Mahalo!
Rodney Inefuku

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From: Edward Kuba (kubaedward@gmail.com)
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2016 10:21 PM
Subject: Fwd: Resolution 15-322, CD1

Ladies and Gents:

Councilman Trevor Ozawa’s office just informed us Resolution 15-322, CD1 may be placed on the agenda for the Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee’s April 26 meeting, which he chairs, depending on how much community support there is for it. The decision will be made on Wednesday, April 20.  Continue reading

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Uema Ayano’s ‘Imi Shijiku’ and Thoughts of Ancient Okinawan Ships

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Illustration from George H. Kerr’s Okinawa – the History of an Island People, plate 16, after page 262. This Okinawan tribute ship was sketched by a British artist who was on a British ship visiting Naha, Okinawa, during the early 1800s. As you can see, it looks like a Chinese junk. It probably was. Quite magnificent, I must say. So are the trading ships in the photos below.

I have been listening to a beautiful Okinawan song, “Imi Shijiku” by Ayano Uema (see the video below), for some time. I love the beautiful sound of her sanshin (3-string instrument). I didn’t know what the title and the verses meant until my friend sent me the lyrics and English translation (see lyrics below). Watch the video, and watch her as she sings. Then play the video again while viewing the lyrics. What comes to mind when you follow the lyrics as you listen to Ayano sing? I’ve been to Okinawa only three times — the first in 1968. For some strange reason, this song by Ayano takes me back there, to a time not in the present but in the distant past.  Continue reading

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

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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 to discriminated against by Japan & the USA- the only nations to ever invade this formerly sovereign nation of Ryukyu. Nearly 1/5 of tiny Okinawa has been forced to host almost 3/4s of US armed forces, despite comprising only .6% of Japanʻs entire land mass. The vast majority of Okinawans (averaging over 80% according to years of polls, referendums & elections) want some demilitarization after 70 years of occupation since WWII, which brutally killed over 1/4 of the native people caught between Japan & US empires nurturing an anti-war culture having experienced the horrors of war, and constant social, political & ecological violations from the concentration of bases.  Continue reading

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Okinawan Tribute Ships

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See Rodney Inefuku’s fascinating Facebook post on his family’s connection with Okinawan tribute ships. The photo and caption above are from one of the plates published in George H. Kerr’s Okinawa: The History of an Island People (Tuttle, 1958), pp. 262-263.

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Vote for Stamp to Honor WWII Nisei Soldiers – Deadline March 19, 2016

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Message from Eric Wada

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Please vote for a stamp to honor our WWII 442nd Infantry and MIS soldiers.

Three men in my family served in either the 442/100th during WWII.

Click on niseistamp.org to vote.

100,000 online votes are needed by the end of the day on March 19.

To view the story, please go to TheyDeserveAStamp.org and please this on to others.

Aloha and mahalo,

Eric

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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 her roots and song. Recently on a trip to Okinawa, I stopped in a store in Chatan called the Sake Mart. I bought a bottle of scotch whisky and when I went to the counter to pay for my liquor, I saw a picture of Ayano above the register.

Soranju (ソランジュ) by Uema Ayano (上間綾乃) uploaded to YouTube by Miyako Paradise 10/15/13

I said to the old man at the counter, “That’s my girlfriend.” It surprised him when I said I know Ayano Uema. He laughed and said, “That’s my girlfriend too!” We had a common bond with each other. I’ve been back to visit the Sake Mart many times since then, and I always make a point to say hello to the old man. It’s just one of the things I love about Okinawa.

A liquor store in Chatan, Okinawa.

A liquor store in Chatan, Okinawa.

For a related post on Uema, click here.

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Ukwanshin Events for March 2016

Rodney HeaderFrom: 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

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Registration is still open for the 2nd LooChoo Identity Conference March 18-20.
This year looks to be an international event with participants form Taiwan, Argentina, Okinawa, mainland US, and the neighbor islands. Come join us for some great discussions, presentations, and food! The concert by guest Okinawa musicians, Misako Koja and Unaigumi is included.  Continue reading

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

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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 not 100% sure I’ll be able to. I’ve never been to one. In fact, I’ve never been to Okinawa. I’ve explored available tour costs and compared them to the best prices I could find on my own on the web, and I learned that I could do the Taikai for about a third of quoted prices. This was a couple months ago, so the prices might’ve gone up.

Anyway, the downside of traveling independently is having to forego the tours and English-speaking guides — as well as having to make all the arrangements without the help of seasoned tour operators. Still, if I do go, I’ll more than likely do it independently.

Perhaps the biggest question mark is getting tickets to the official Taikai events — the question that Anonymous is asking. It seems as though tour operators have an inside track on getting those tickets. At least, this is the impression I believe most people have.

But is it true? Do we have to sign on with an escorted tour group to get tickets? Or can we get them on our own, preferably online?

I guess we could ask those who attended past Taikais. Were they able to purchase tickets upon arrival in Okinawa by going to ticket offices or branches? Or did they see others buying tickets? Could we walk up to the ticket window at the gate to purchase them on the day of the event? Or were they sold out?

Hopefully someone with reliable information will enlighten those of us who plan to attend independently. Will we be able to purchase tickets on our own? How?

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Uema Ayano Was Here in Hawaii in February 2016!

Uema Ayano at the Hawaii Okinawa Center during the Messages of Peace by the Children of Okinawa ” exhibitOkinawa Prefecture Peace Memorial Museum presented its fourth “ Messages of Peace by the Children of Okinawa ” exhibit from February 3 to 7in Hawaii Feb. 3-7, 2016

Uema Ayano made a surprise visit to the Hawaii Okinawa Center during the Okinawa Prefecture Peace Memorial Museum’s exhibit “Messages of Peace by the Children of Okinawa,” from February 3 to 7, 2016. Photo and information from Uchinanchu, Jan-Feb 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 to Hawaii and perform at the Okinawan Festival.”

Uema Ayano, “Okinawan Soul,” was here, in Hawaii, a month ago, and I missed it. I can’t believe it. Hopefully she’ll return to perform at the 2016 Okinawan Festival September 3-4. If I make it to the 2016 Taikai, October 26-30, I hope she’s going to be one of the performers. If you haven’t heard her play the sanshin and sing, then you’re in for a surprise. She has a style that will reach deep into your Okinawan soul.

I began this blog, Liuchiuan, after accidentally stumbling on one of her videos on YouTube. My article about her, “Uema Ayano (上間綾乃): Okinawan Soul,” was the first post in this blog on June 21, 2013. She made the Okinawan spirit, expressed in minyo, come alive for me, and that ignited an interest in Okinawan music, culture, history, politics, sports, food, etc.

If you’re not familiar with her songs, make the time to listen to some of her performances captured in YouTube videos. Do a search on “Uema Ayano.” In my post, I’ve embedded a number of videos that I really like.

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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’

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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, Tokioka Room, Moore Hall Rm 319.

This study examines the historical development of Okinawan clubs in terms of identity politics and structural differentiation. It traces the historical evolution of Okinawan clubs in context of the drive to preserve and assert Okinawan identity against external pressures (e.g., American and Japanese nation building projects). A comparative analysis of the Okinawan communities in Hawaiʻi and Brazil is used to test hypotheses concerning the evolution of diasporic associations.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact COS at 956-5754 or cos@hawaii.edu.

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Aya Ezawa’s Study Unit on Okinawan Identity

Dr. A.E. EzawaThe 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 Okinawans to assert themselves in opposition to the Japanese nation.” Dr. Ezawa is a University Lecturer at Universiteit Leiden (Netherlands), specializing in Japanese Studies.

  • Matthew Allen. 2003. “Wolves at the Back Door: Remembering the Kumejima Massacres.” Pp. 39-64 in Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to Japanese and American Power, edited by Laura Hein and Mark Selden. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield. [Read excerpts here.]
  • Gerald Figal. 2003. “Waging Peace on Okinawa.” Pp. 65-98 in Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to Japanese and American Power, edited by Laura Hein and Mark Selden. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield. [Read excerpts here.]
  • Aaron Gerow, “From National Gaze to Multiple Gazes: Representations of Okinawa in Recent Japanese Cinema.” Pp. 273-307 in Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to Japanese and American Power, edited by Laura Hein and Mark Selden. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Laura Hein and Mark Selden. 2003. “Culture, Power, and Identity in Contemporary Okinawa.” Pp. 1-35 in Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to Japanese and American Power, edited by Laura Hein and Mark Selden. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield. [Read excerpts here.]
  • Laura Hein and Mark Selden, eds. 2003. Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to Japanese and American Power. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.  [Read excerpts here.]
  • Refsing, Kirsten. 2003. “In Japan but not of Japan.” Pp. 48-64 in Ethnicity in Asia, edited by Colin Mackerras. London: RoutledgeCurzon. [Read excerpts here.]
  • James Roberson, “Uchina Pop: Place and Identity in Contemporary Okinawan Popular Music.” Pp.192-227 in Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to Japanese and American Power, edited by Laura Hein and Mark Selden. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield. [Read excerpts here.]
  • Taira, Koji. 1997. “Troubled national identity: Ryukyuans/Okinawans.” Pp. 140-177 in Japan’s Minorities, edited by Michael Weiner. London: Routledge.
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Events for Early 2016

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Hi Folks,
Here are some of the Okinawan events that are happening early part of this 2016….

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From: Ukwanshin Kabudan
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 1:19 PM
Subject: Upcoming events

Chuuganabira!

We hope your New Year has begun well and would like to remind you of our upcoming events we dont want you to miss!

Okinawa New Year Celebration

Saturday February 6th, 5pm at Jikoen is our annual Okinawa New Year celebration as we celebrate the traditionsal lunar/ “Chinese” New Year. The official start of the Year of the Fire Monkey will we on Monday February 8th. Come and enjoy good food, traditional Okinawan dances and music to welcome in the New Year, and pick up some gau and traditional Okinawan New Year decorations. Cost is only $20! Please send in your RSVP by January 28th!

LooChoo/Okinawa Identity Conference: Fichi Ukiin: Our Responsibility, Our Kuleana

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

Rodney HeaderFrom: 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

Dr. Nuno Oliveira

Humberto Nuno Oliveira, president, World Goju-Ryu Karate Federation. Email hnlmdo@lis.ulusiada.pt

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 him via email: hnlmdo@lis.ulusiada.pt

Besides being active in the international Goju-ryu organization, Dr. Oliveira is a professor of history.

Oliveira Sensei also serves as a Goju-ryu instructor at Lisbon Okinawa-kan Dojo WOKKA Portugal.

For more, see his Facebook, LinkedIn, and blog pages.

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1 Click here for more on Chojun Miyagi. Also see “Ensaio Historico Sobre o Karate-do, Arte Marcial de Ryukyu.”

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OAA 2016 Clothing Drive: Jan 18 ~ Feb 29

OAA 2016 Fundraiser - Clothing & Shoe Drive

OAA 2016 Fundraiser – Clothing & Shoe Drive

COLLECTION PERIOD:
January 18th ~ February 29th (weekdays, 10AM – 4PM)
OAA Center, 16500 South Western Avenue, Gardena 90247
Please call before delivering: 310-532-1929

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS:
• Clothing: must be in clean, wearable condition.
• Shoes: must be paired and in wearable condition (no golf shoes and ski boots)
• Additional Items: (items must be complete and in clean, usable condition) backpacks, baseball caps, bathroom linens, bathroom sets, bed linens, belts, blankets, board games and puzzles, comforters, curtains, drapes, handbags, hats, kitchen and table linens, scarves, small area rugs

GUIDELINES:
• Items must be in clean, usable condition
• Please keep CLOTHING and SHOES in separate bags (bag for clothing and additional items listed above and a bag for shoes)

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OAA 2016 New Year’s Party Jan. 17

Okinawa Association of America’s Annual New Year’s Party Sunday, January 17 • 11AM ~ 3:30PM • Quiet Cannon @ Montebello Golf Course 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, California 90640 Facebook Event Page

Okinawa Association of America’s Annual New Year’s Party
Sunday, January 17 • 11AM ~ 3:30PM • Quiet Cannon @ Montebello Golf Course
901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, California 90640
Facebook Event Page

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

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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy

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 comments about the U.S. striving to “be good neighbors” and “working hard to reduce the impact” of the dozens of U.S. bases that occupy almost 20 percent of the land mass of Okinawa Island, Kennedy declared her support for the base that Okinawans have been protesting against tirelessly and in the face of brute physical force and intimidation for hundreds of days.

Asked what she thinks about the Okinawan people’s overwhelming opposition to the base construction and if the U.S. would consider an alternative plan, Kennedy replied: “People worked very hard, considered many options to develop this plan [for closing and relocating the U.S. marine base currently located in highly populated Ginowan] that I think is the best of any other plan that was considered.”

Kennedy’s statement that the U.S. wants to close Futenma and build at Henoko as fast as possible is at once a threat, an insult and a challenge for the vast majority of Okinawans who are vehemently opposed to the plan and the brazen disregard for the law, the environment and the outcome of elections. MCAS Futenma must be closed, but moving it to Henoko isn’t the solution. It merely shifts the problem to a less conspicuous location, introducing environmental and safety threats to another part of the island and reinforcing Okinawa’s role as a U.S. military bastion.  Continue reading

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Ryukyu no Kaze – Hawaii Convention Center 14 March 2016

Ryukyu no Kaze in Hawaii - Okinawan Harmony Hawaii Convention Center March 14, 2016 Doors open at 6pm Concert begins at 6:30pm Tickets available at "Travel Plaza" in the Waikiki Shopping Plaza or online at www.ticketweb.com

Ryukyu no Kaze in Hawaii – Okinawan Harmony
Hawaii Convention Center
March 14, 2016
Doors open at 6pm
Concert begins at 6:30pm
Tickets available at “Travel Plaza” in the Waikiki Shopping Plaza or online at http://www.ticketweb.com

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