We are almost at capacity for Uchinanchu Talk Story VI on 24 July 2016. There are a few more seats left as of today (22 July 2016).
People who plan to participate in the upcoming symposium are encouraged to visit these pages and to read the links to news articles and documents in order to be well informed on the issues surrounding the US bases in Okinawa.
Getting the facts is crucial to democratic participation and for scholarly analyses. In preparation for the upcoming Uchinanchu Talk Story VI (UTS VI) on 24 July 2016, a new page — UTS VI – Documents & Resources — has been created that has links to official documents relating to the US bases in Okinawa. Please look at the far left side of the navigation bar.
For example, on 16 July 2016, Truth-Out.org published an article critical of the way US Marine Corps training video explain Okinawan views and cultures to service personnel who will be stationed in Okinawa. A PDF of the slide presentation has been published on the Internet. We made a copy of it and embedded it into the link below. We urge our readers to view the official documents for themselves and get the facts directly.
As of 16 July 2016, two official documents have been listed in the tab UTS VI – Documents & Resources:
As way of preparing for the upcoming Uchinanchu Talk Story VI, a new page was created that lists events that have taken place since UTS III. It is meant to give people attending Talk Story VI some background on the issues surrounding the US bases in Okinawa.
Here’s the link to the new page “UTS VI” in the far right tab of the webpage banner.
And, don’t forget to register for UTS VI!
Registration form can be found in the July 5 article “Uchinanchu Talk Story VI – 2016.”
The recent brutal murder of Rina Shimabukuro in April 2016 sparked widespread outrage and sadness in Okinawa, Japan, and the US. In memory of Rina Shimabukuro people all over have gathered for prayer and to express solidarity for peace. Americans have been outraged as well by the loss of a beautiful life.
This recent killing seems to be part of a larger pattern stemming from the heavy military presence on Okinawa island. The recent article by UPI noted:
Despite constituting 0.6 percent of Japanese territory, Okinawa has 74 percent of U.S. military facilities in Japan. U.S. forces first occupied the island in 1945 and it remained a U.S. base until 1972 when it was returned to Japan. [Emphases added]
WUB Hawaii together with the East-West Center is planning a symposium (Uchinanchu Talk Story VI) on the US military bases in Okinawa in July 2016. For more details please check the page “UTS VI“ which will post the latest information available.
Prof. Dennis M. Ogawa, long time WUB Hawaii member, was recently awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan. The ceremony took place at the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu.
The medal was bestowed on Prof. Ogawa in recognition of his contribution to the development of Japanese studies in the US and his promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the US.
For a more detailed article, please visit our new WUB website.
Preserving and Presenting Uchinanchu Identity in the Diaspora: The Evolution of Okinawan Clubs in Hawai`i and Brazil
Robert K. Arakaki
WUB Hawaii is a proud member of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.
Our membership has been renewed!
This month’s meeting is a Logistics Meeting for the Taste of Okinawa, which is scheduled for April 30, 2016.
With such a huge and momentous event coming up this meeting will focus on implementing the plans put forth by co-chairs: Roy Irei, Chris Pearce, and Akemi Martin.
Date: October 1, 2015 Thursday
New Time 5-6:30 pm
Vineyard Zippy’s — 59 N. Vineyard Boulevard 532-4211