Next Meeting: 6 June 2017

Guest Speaker: Lee Tonouchi

Lee Tonouchi

 

Address     One Ala Moana Condo                       Location      Movie Room

Date           Tuesday  6 June 2017                        Time           6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Parking      Park at Ala Moana Shopping Center 4th floor at the old Nordstrom’s garage. take elevator down to 1st floor, walk over to One Ala Moana, and check in with guard.

Costs           $20 for WUB members and guests, $10 for Akisamiyo! members

Agenda       Lee Tonouchi — also known as the Pidgin Guerrilla — will talk about: (1) his Uchinanchu identity and (2) his many faceted career as a college instructor, book publisher, magazine publisher, dictionary compiler, playwright, and more recently, as a food columnist for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  Ho! Da guy get choke talent!  His presentation will be both entertaining and informative, encouraging and inspiring.  [Go read Liuchiuan.com article]

Meeting @ One Ala Moana Condo

 

April 30 – Community Talk Story

Jikoen Hongwanji

Date:    30 April 2017 (Sunday)
Time     4:30 to 6:00 PM
Place:   Jikoen Hongwanji (1731 N. School St.)

From Surviving to Thriving

Sustaining Life past, present & future in Okinawa and Hawaii

Join in community conversation “yuntaku” sharing stories from the past, challenges today & hopes for the future.

For more info:
HOA (Hawai`i Okinawa Alliance)
dok@riseup.net

 

 

Flag of the Ryukyus

Next Meeting: 26 April 2017

NEW LOCATION!      One Ala Moana Condo

Cabana – One Ala Moana

 

Address     One Ala Moana Condo                       Location      Cabana #1

Date           Wednesday  26 April 2017                  Time           6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Parking      Park at Ala Moana Shopping Center 4th floor at the old Nordstrom’s garage. take elevator down to 1st floor, walk over to One Ala Moana, and check in with guard.

Costs           $20 for members and guests, $10 for Akisamiyo! members

Agenda        Steve Sombrero and Roy Irei will present plans for the upcoming WUB conference which will celebrate WUB Network’s 20th anniversary.  We need a good turnout by members to ensure a high quality, exciting conference for our fellow WUB members coming in from Okinawa, Japan, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, and other parts of the globe.

 

Map of Okinawan Diaspora Source

 

 

March 11 – Anniversary of the Overthrow of the Ryukyus

 

On 11 March 1879, King Sho Tai was forced by Japan to vacate his throne, leave Shuri Castle, and relocate to Tokyo.

In January 1879, 160 military police and 400 soldiers from Japan seized control of the Ryukyus.  In February 1879, China through formal diplomatic communications urged Japan not to unilaterally annex the Ryukyus.  On 18 March 1879, Nabeshima Naoyoshi was installed as the first governor of Okinawa Prefecture.  This annexation is known as the Ryûkyû shobun (琉球処分).

Matsuda Michiyuki returned to Ryûkyû in January 1879, and again in March, this time bringing with him a considerable entourage including 160 military police, and 400 soldiers from the Kumamoto Garrison. In February, Beijing sent diplomatic communications formally urging Tokyo to not unilaterally annex the Ryukyus. On March 27, Matsuda presented to Prince Nakijin the formal document declaring the abolition of the Ryûkyû Kingdom and the annexation of its lands as Okinawa Prefecture. King Shô Tai was given until March 31 to vacate the castle and leave for Tokyo; there, he would officially submit to the Emperor, be stripped of his title as “King” (or, by this time, han’ô), and be absorbed into the Japanese peerage as a Marquis (kôshaku). The king did so on March 30, and Japanese authorities immediately took over Shuri castle, installing a military garrison there.  Source

US forces from USS Boston in support of the overthrow

The Kingdom of Hawaii would share a similar tragedy in 1893 when Her Majesty Queen Lili`uokalani was forced by Americans to vacate her throne.  The Hawaiian islands were annexed by US Congress in 1898 against the express wishes of the overwhelming majority of the indigenous population and without a referendum of any kind.  Today both islands bear the burdens of military occupation and mainland colonialism.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono – The island’s sovereignty is perpetuated by rightness.

 

Next Meeting: March 14, 2017

NEW LOCATION!      One Ala Moana Condo

Address     One Ala Moana Condo                     Location    Party and Vino Room

Date           Tuesday  14 March 2017                  Time           6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Parking      Park at Ala Moana Shopping Center 4th floor at the old Nordstrom’s garage. take elevator down to 1st floor, walk over to One Ala Moana, and check in with guard.

Costs           $20 for members and guests, $10 for Akisamiyo! members

Latin America report: John Tasato and Steve Sombrero

 

With the Governors of Hawaii and Okinawa

Gov. Ige, Steve Sombrero, and Gov. Onaga

Gov. Daivd Ige, Steve Sombrero, and Gov. Takeshi Onaga

At the 2016 Taikai, WUB Network President Steve Sombrero found himself between Hawaii Governor, David Ige, and Okinawa Governor, Takeshi Onaga.  This shows World Uchinanchu Business hard at work building networks around the world.

 

Next Meeting: 15 February 2017

NEW LOCATION!      One Ala Moana Condo

Address     One Ala Moana Condo                     Location    Theatre Room

Date           Wednesday  15 February 2017         Time           6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Parking       Park at Ala Moana Shopping Center

Costs           $20 for members and guests, $10 for Akisamiyo! members

 

Ryukyus and International Economy

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The recent discovery of ancient coins at Katsuren Castle in Uruma, Okinawa shows that the Ryukyu Kingdom was a vital part of international trade between Asia and the West.

The coins date as early as the third century during the time of Constantine I, the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity, to the Ottoman Empire of the seventeenth century.

Katsuren Castle was built by the Aji (Lord) of Katsuren, Amawari (d. 1458).  Through maritime trade Amawari acquired considerable wealth and power.  He married Momotofumi Agari, the daughter of King Sho Taikyu (reigned 1454-1460), further solidifying his power.  In 1458, the King, discovering Amawari’s treachery, led an attack on Katsuren castle and killed him.  Today the ruins of Katsuren Castle is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Katsuren Castle

In the past the Ryukyu Kingdom was an important entrepôt (center of trade) much like present day Singapore.  An awareness of our Uchinanchu history helps us to escape the present day nationalist narrative which depict Okinawa as one of the poorer prefectures lying on the edge of Japan and instead envision an Okinawa thriving under conditions of greater political and economic independence.

 Reference

Ancient Roman coins unearthed from castle ruins in Okinawa.Japan Times 26 September 2016.