Yearly Archives: 2009

Lecture: Where did the Ryukyuans come from?

November 20, 2009, 3:00-4:30pm, Moore 319

This talk will entertain questions concerning the “coming” of Ryukyuan people, Ryukyuan culture, and Ryukyuan language(s) into the geographic locale known as the Ryukyu Archipelago. People, culture, language, and geography: how did these four contribute to what is now known … Continue reading

A Talk by Novelist, Playwright Jon Shirota

November 9, 2009, 5 p.m., Kuhialoko Lanai

Akisamiyo! From a Pig Farmer to a Writer Novelist, playwright and local son, Jon Shirota, will lead off UH West O‘ahu’s Chancellor’s Lecture Series. The lecture is open to the public and is co-sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i Center … Continue reading

Okinawa Governor Visits UHM

November 9, 2009

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima visited UHM during his recent two-day trip to Hawai‘i. On November 9th, the governor and his entourage paid a call at the Center for Okinawan Studies, which is the only one of its kind outside of … Continue reading

Lecture: An Okinawan Sense of Place

November 5, 2009, 3–4:30 p.m., Kuykendall 410

Jon Shirota is the author of Lucky Come Hawaii , the first novel by an Asian American writer in Hawai‘i to become a national bestseller. Shirota will discuss how he came to write this landmark novel. “It’s the ’Merican way … Continue reading

“Two Sides of the Coin: Change in Language Attitudes Toward the Ryukyuan Languages”

October 1, 2009, 3:00-4:30 pm, Moore 319 (Tokioka Room)

Professor Ishihara will discuss the changing attitudes toward the Ryukyuan languages since 1879. Shortly after the Meiji Restoration, when Japan was established as a nation state, the Central Government of Japan (CGJ)’s policy was to Japanize the Okinawans by having … Continue reading

Lecture Series: “Introducing the International Institute for Okinawan Studies at the University of the Ryukyus”

September 2, 2009, 3:00-4:30 pm, Moore 319

The International Institute for Okinawan Studies (IIOS) was established on April 1, 2009 at the University of the Ryukyus. It is a research institute that brings together all of the different disciplines focusing on Okinawan Studies at the University of … Continue reading

Karate from Okinawa to Hawaii

July 12, 2009, 10:30–11:45am, UH Art Auditorium

An exhibition featuring historical images of Karate in prewar Hawai‘i from the collection of the Hawaii Karate Museum Karate Demonstration Hawaii Karate Kenkyukai UH Manoa Art Department Auditorium Sunday, July 12, 2009 from 10:30 to 11:45 am Karate Lecture Charles … Continue reading

Okinawan Eisa Taiko Clinic

June 9, 2009, 1:00–4:00pm, Studio 2 at the Athletic Complex

Who: Children and adults of all ages and backgrounds welcome! When: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 – 1:00 – 4:00 pm Where: Studio 2 at the Athletic Complex Please bring/wear: water, comfortable clothes, including sneakers Clinic Cost: Free! Parking Cost: $3.00 … Continue reading

U.S. Military Bases and Funshi (Feng Shui): The Anti-Base Movement and Community Development in Yomitan, Okinawa

April 22nd at 3:00 pm, Crawford Hall 115

Tomoaki Hara Associate Professor of Anthropology, Shizuoka University, Japan The 1997 city master plan of Yomitan Village, Okinawa, is unique in all of Japan in that it uses funshi (“feng shui”) as one of its key concepts. In the Ryukyu … Continue reading

Inaugural Conference, A Success!

March 23, 2009

The Center for Okinawan Studies held its inaugural conference at the Imin International Conference Center from March 19 to 21, 2009. The theme of the conference was “Where is Okinawan Studies Headed?” and it aimed to discuss various topics related … Continue reading



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