August 29, 2017

Uchinanchu diaspora: a film of Okinawans in New Caledonia

Filed under: diaspora — Tags: , — okinawacollection @ 7:00 AM

A film titled Mabuigumi: Nyu Karedonia hikisakareta iminshi (roughly translated as “Torn souls: a history of Okinawan immigrants in New Caledonia) was released in Okinawa, Japan.

The film traces an Okinawans who left for New Caledonia in 1904. They worked as miners, and when the Pearl Harbor attach occurred in 1941, Okinawans were arrested, and men were sent to Australia as POWs. After the end of WWII, those men were sent back to Okinawa, and their families were left in New Caledonia.

The film is only available in Japanese, but the production company has a website that provides some information about the film and the background of the story behind the film.

The film has Japanese subtitles (no English subtitles).

 

The UHM Library plans to acquire resources on the Okinawa immigrants to New Caledonia.