A three-day international symposium commemorating the 40th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan was held by Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan on March 29-31, 2012. The symposium titled “‘Remembering 40 Years Since Reversion’: Okinawan Studies Until Now, Okinawan Studies From Now On” included many presenters from the UH system. UHM graduate students (their degree programs and departments in parentheses) presenting: Megumi Chibana (MA, Political Science), Rinda Yamashiro Kayatani (PhD, Sociology), Nika Nashiro (MA, Political Science), David Nguyen (MA, Geography/ PhD, Urban and Regional Planning), Chihiro Sakihara (PhD, American Studies), and Kinuko Maehara Yamazato (PhD, Sociology). UH faculty members (campus and department in parentheses) presenting: Tokiko Bazzell (UHM, Library), Lonny Carlile (UHM, Center for Japanese Studies / Asian Studies), Stewart Curry (UHM, East Asian Languages and Literatures), Kyoko Hijirida (UHM, Professor Emerita in East Asian Languages and Literatures), Robert Huey (UHM, Center for Japanese Studies), Mire Koikari (UHM, Women’s Studies), K. Justin Ota (Honolulu Community College) and Russell Uyeno (Honolulu Community College, Dean of the Communications and Services Programs). COS Director Joyce Chinen also served as a moderator for one of the panels. There were also a few UH alumni who presented at the symposium (degrees from UH / current professional affiliation in parentheses): Kyle Ikeda (PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures / University of Vermont), Masao Maeshiro (Alumnus in UH Graduate Program in Clinical Studies / retired Director of Chubu Hospital in Okinawa), and Manako Ogawa (MA in American Studies / Ritsumeikan University).
Support for UH system students and faculty were provided by: Center for Okinawan Studies; Okinawan Studies WUB Endowment; Matsuro & Tsuruko Nakasone Endowment; Center for Japanese Studies; Japan Studies Endowment; College of Languages, Linguistics and Literatures; the University Research Council; and the UH Graduate Student Organization.
Click here to see report by Robert Huey, Director of Center for Japanese Studies.