Center for Okinawan Studies Symposium, March 1-2, 2012

The Center for Okinawan Studies will be holding a symposium on March 1-2, 2012, at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium. The title of the symposium is, “LABOR MIGRATION: Historical & Contemporary Issues From an ‘Islands’ Perspective.” Please see flyer for details.

Registration is required to help us prepare enough printouts and is limited to the first 90 people due to space constraints. Please send completed registration forms back to COS via email, fax or postal service by FEBRUARY 22, 2012. The fax number, email and mailing addresses are listed on the registration form.

There will be a mix of speakers from Okinawa as well as from Hawaii. The topics covered are: language issues, gender, and the performing arts as related to labor migration.

Funding for this symposium is provided by: the Dean’s Office of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies; UH Student Excellence, Equity and Diversity Fund; University of Hawai’i – West Oahu Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fund; and the Center for Japanese Studies’ Japan Studies Endowment.


Shinichi Maehara Receives Honorary Doctorate

(Left to right) Photo of Chancellor Hinshaw, Mr. Maehara, and former UH Regent Ed Kuba

At the annual Fall Commencement for UH Mānoa on December 17th, 2012, Mr. Shinichi Maehara, retired Executive Director at Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV), received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters – the first Okinawan to receive this degree from UH.  The honor took note of his contributions to the understanding of Okinawans around the world through a television series Uchinanchu Worldwide, which he wrote, directed, and produced from 1987 through 2004.  The globe-trotting Dr. Maehara met and interviewed hundreds of relocated Okinawans in South America, Europe, Hawai‘i, and even Africa.  The series speaks to UHM’s vision of maintaining a sense of place while becoming part of the global community.

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Special Talk by Shinichi Maehara: “Okinawan Spirit and Heart”

Mr. Shinichi Maehara, retired Executive Director at Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV) will be giving a talk in conjunction with his receiving an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  He is the first person from Okinawa to be awarded an honorary doctorate degree from UH.  Mr. Maehara has traveled the world extensively, documenting Okinawan lives in various countries, in a documentary series called Sekai Uchinanchu Kikō (Uchinanchu Worldwide).  The series ran from 1987 until 2004 and won a National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan Award in 2002.  Mr. Maehara’s work has contributed greatly to the worldwide Uchinanchu network and to Okinawan studies.

Please see this link for details.