October 16, 2017

UH-Chubu Hospital 50th Anniversary Event

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The University of Hawai’i-Chubu Hospital in Okinawa’s 50th Anniversary Event will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Center for Korean Studies.

COS UH-Chubu 50th anniversary event

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of UH’s collaboration with Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital. To enhance the workforce of physicians in Okinawa, UH was recruited at the request of the U.S. Army and State Department to introduce a U.S. style postgraduate clinical training program. As a result of the collaboration, the program has helped train hundreds of physicians for the islands of Okinawa and neighboring archipelagos of Miyako and Yaeyama Islands. Please join us for this anniversary to commemorate one of UH’s longest and most productive international collaborations.” (from the event announcement)

  • Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • Time: 1:00PM-2:45PM (FORMAL PROGRAM); 2:45PM-3:30 PM (RECEPTION)
  • Location: Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
  • Event is free and open to public
  • Parking is free on Sunday on campus

Many articles are written on this collaboration between the UH and the Okinawa Chubu Hospital. One of them is written by Masao Maeshiro, MD, Satoru Izutsu, Ph.D., and Kathleen Kihmm Connolly, Ph.D., titled “A History of the University of Hawai‘i Postgraduate Medical Education Program at Okinawa Chubu Hospital, 1966–2012.” (2014).

Maeshiro, M., Izutsu, S., & Connolly, K. (2014). Medical school hotline: A History of the University of Hawai’i Postgraduate Medical Education Program at Okinawa Chubu Hospital, 1966-2012. Hawai’i Journal of Medicine & Public Health : A Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health, 73(6), 191-194.

Please contact the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) at 808-956-5754 or email COS at cos[at]hawaii.edu (replace [at] with @) for more information and disability accommodation.

Okinawans in Brazil: new acquisitions

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The Okinawa Collection is pleased to announce some additions to the collection. The items were donated by the Okinawa Brazil Kenjinkai in Brazil.

  • 1 século de história em fotos : a comunidade Okinawana no Brasil = Shashin de miru Burajiru Okinawa kenjin imin no rekishi (写真で見るブラジル沖縄県人移民の歴史)
  • 325 Okinawans: relação contendo a síntese de suas trajetórias de vida = Kasadomaru Okinawa kenjin imin 325-mei : meibo oyobi kantanna sokuseki (笠戸丸沖縄県人移民325名 : 名簿及び簡単な足跡) (a supplement to the book above)
  • Imigração Okinawana no Brasil : 90 anos desde Kasato Maru
  • Kaikoroku : oshidori beiju wo mukaete = Retrospectivas : realização da “oshidori beiju” (回顧録 : おしどり米寿を迎えて) by Isamu Yamashiro / 山城勇

 

photos of gift items from Brazil

These items will become available once being cataloged.

There is a research institute in Brazil that focuses on immigrants from Okinawa and mainland Japan called Centro de Estudos Nipo-Brasileiros (= the Center for Japanese-Brazilian Studies) in San Paulo, Brazil. The Center offers an extended amount of resources, including statistics on immigrant population from Japan, photographs of immigrants, and a database to look up immigration histories (the interface of the database is written in Japanese).

The following resources might be of interest for those who are interested in learning Okinawan immigrants to Brazil.

The University of the Ryukyus has a database called BIDOM (Bibliographic Information Database of Okinawa Materials). The database mainly collects the books, articles, and newspaper articles related to Okinawa that are written in Japanese. However, as of October 6, 2017, a search with keywords, “Okinawa” and “Brazil” (in Japanese) retrieved 109 results (this search was limited to journal and newspaper articles).

image of BIDOM search results

Lastly, the National Diet Library (NDL) of Japan has a website that commemorates the 100th year of Japanese emigration to Brazil. The site is available in 3 languages: Japanese, Portuguese, and English.

http://www.ndl.go.jp/brasil/

Japanese emigration to Brazil site

NDL’s site has a page with a list of links that might be useful to understand the Japanese (including Okinawa) emigration history in Brazil.

http://www.ndl.go.jp/brasil/e/link.html

October 9, 2017

Takejiro Higa: Nisei soldier from Oahu passes away

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The Ryukyu Shinpo announced that Mr. Takejiro Higa (比嘉武二郎), a nisei soldier from Hawai’i passed away on October 7, 2017 (Hawai’i Time). He was 94 years old.

The University of Hawai’i dedicated a site for the Nisei soldiers from Hawai’i who fought as US citizens against the Axis Powers, including Japan during the WWII.

Mr. Higa was born in Waipahu on the island of O’ahu in 1923 to Takeo and Ushi Higa. The Hawaii Nisei Project at the University of Hawai’i provides more information.

photos of Takejiro Higa and his brother

[Image source: http://cgm.smithsonianapa.org/stories/takejiro-higa.html]

Takejiro Higa: an Okinawan caught in the Battle of Okinawa by Karleen Chinen (The Hawaii Herald, July 2, 1993).

Technician Third Grade Takejiro Higa: 314th Headquarters Military Intelligence Service at The Nisei Solder: Congressional Gold Medal by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board, & Tendai Education Foundation. (1998). Japanese Eyes, American Heart : Personal Reflections of Hawaii’s World War II Nisei Soldiers.

McNaughton, J., & United States. Department of the Army, issuing body. (2006). Nisei linguists : Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II.

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa Library’s Archives & Manuscripts Department has a collection on Japanese American veterans to learn more about the nisei soldiers.

https://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/departments/archives/mss/aja/

The Marines, the United States Marine Corps’ has an article of Mr. Takejiro Higa when he visited Okinawa 69 years after he saved lives from lives from the caves.

Marines. (December 16, 2014). U.S. Army, Battle of Okinawa veteran visits cave where he saved lives. Retrieved from http://www.marines.mil/News/Press-Releases/Press-Release-Display/Article/558222/us-army-battle-of-okinawa-veteran-visits-cave-where-he-saved-lives/

Interviews with Takejiro Higa at the Go For Broke National Education Center site.

October 2, 2017

Okinawa and Its Agony: from a former judge’s perspective

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The Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) Lecture Series presents “Okinawa and Its Agony: From a Former Judge’s Perspective.”

Okinawa and its agony lecture

  • Speaker: Prof. Hiroshi Segi
  • Date: October 6, 2017
  • Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Location: Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)

Event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact COS at 808-956-5754 or email to cos@hawaii.edu.