April 15, 2018

KZOO Radio Show

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In the afternoon of Sunday, April 15, 2018, a local, Hawaii radio, KZOO (1210 kHz), Prof. Yuma Totani, one of the Library Treasures Initiative organizers at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM), Prof. Masato Ishida, Director of the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) at UHM, and the Okinawa Studies Librarian as its guests.

COS and Treasures Library Initiative and Okinawa Collection

 

KZOO

The talk and questions surrounded the UHM Library’s April 25 event titled Hawley and Sakamaki: The Founding of UHM Ryukyuan Studies. Prof. Totani explained how the Colloquium Series started, informed the listeners what the Library Treasures Initiative aimed to achieve by hosting colloquia, and whether or not the colloquia have been open to the community.

Some of the past colloquia can be accessed from the UH Mānoa Library’s “News” section.

COS Director, Prof. Ishida, added a special guest speaker for the April 25 event. Prof. Manabu Yokoyama has been working on Frank Hawley, a British journalist who built a personal collection with Ryukyuan materials. His collection included other than Ryukyus, but UHM Library’s Hawley Collection consists of Hawley’s Ryukyuan resources. Dr. Shunzō Sakamaki, who was President of UH Summer School at the time, purchased the Hawley’s Ryukyu collection and brought it to Hawai’i. The readers can learn more about the purchase and the role that Okinawan community in Hawai’i played in great detail here.

The details of the April 25 Colloquium can be found here.

Registration is not required. 

April 10, 2018

Event Update: special speaker for Treasures at UH Hamilton Library colloquium series

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Update for April 25, 2018 event. Date & Time remain the same as previously announced. 

Prof. Manabu Yokoyama, the author of Shomotsu ni miserareta Eikoku-jin: Furanku Hōrē to Nihon bunka (『書物に魅せられた英国人: フランク・ホーレーと日本文化』) [= An Englishman’s enchantment with books: Frank Hawley and Japanese culture] (2003), will join us as an expert commentator.

Hawley and Sakamaki

The Library’s Asia Collection is home to world-renowned Sakamaki/Hawley Collection that contains over 5,000 items, the bulk of which being Ryūkyū and Okinawa source materials dating back to the 1400s to the 1960s, written in various European languages, Chinese, Japanese, and “Uchināguchi,” the Ryukyuan language. This collection became an integral part of the UHM library treasures thanks to Frank Hawley (1906-1961), an English journalist and an avid book collector with personal ties with Japan, and Dr. Shunzō Sakamaki (1906-1973), a professor of history at UHM and the “father of Ryukyuan Studies” at UHM.

This colloquium will explore afresh the genesis and the breadth of this collection to promote its use by our students and faculty as well as researchers beyond the UHM community. Sachiko Iwabuchi, Okinawa Studies Librarian, will showcase unique items from the collection. Moreover, Professor Manabu Yokoyama, the author of Shomotsu ni miserareta Eikoku-jin: Furanku Hōrē to Nihon bunka [An Englishman’s enchantment with books: Frank Hawley and Japanese culture] (2003), will join us as an expert commentator, and share with us his professional insights into the significance of this collection. Professor Yokoyama is a research fellow at the Ryusaku Tsunoda Center for Japanese Culture, Research Institute for Letters and Sciences, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

April 2, 2018

Treasures at UH Hamilton Library: Incurable Perfectionist Frank Hawley

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The College of Arts & Humanities and Thomas Haley Hamilton Library have been hosting a colloquium series. In April 2018, the Okinawa Studies Librarian will shed light on one of the Library’s treasures–the Sakamaki/Hawley Collection–in Asia Department.

Fransk Hawley: The Incurable Perfectionist

The Library’s Asia Collection is home to world-renowned Okinawa materials held in the Sakamaki/Hawley Collection. Part of the collection is Frank Hawley’s personal library, focusing on the Ryukyu Kingdom and Okinawa. The other part is from the collection of Dr. Shunzo Sakamaki, a Nisei Japanese-American, who was the Dean of the Summer School at the University of Hawai’i. Sakamaki Hall was named after him.

How did Hawley build his collection? What books does the collection contain? What led Dr. Sakamaki to believe that the Hawley’s Ryukyu/Okinawa books should be part of the UH collection? This talk will address these questions while showcasing samples from this very unique collection of Hamilton Library.

Registration is not required. 

Questions? Please contact:

  • Phone: 808-956-2311
  • Email: sachiko.iwabuchi@hawaii.edu

March 14, 2018

STEM Education and Research in Okinawa and Hawaii

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The World Uchinanchu Business Association (WUB) Hawai‘i and the East-West Center, and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Okinawa are going to host a panel discussion on “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education and Research in Okinawa and Hawai‘i: Views from the Cutting Edge” in later this month.

STEM Panel Flyer

RSVP by March 16 by phone or email:

  • Phone: 808-944-7111
  • EWCInfo@EastWestCenter@org

March 9, 2018

Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art Exhibit at HoMA

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The Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) announces its new exhibit titled Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art from May 10, 2018, to September 23, 2018.

HoMa Okinawa Lacquer Exhibit

Exhibition Overview

“Hawai‘i has the largest community of Okinawan descent outside of the Ryukyu Islands. With a history of more than a century, this community has maintained a distinct cultural identity, while at the same time contributing significantly to the rich diversity of the islands.”

http://honolulumuseum.org/art/exhibitions/16677-lacquer_and_clay_okinawan_art/

UH Mānoa Library has several print resources on Ryukyuan lacqures.

 (not cataloged yet; please request this item from Voyager (UH Mānoa’s Online Publicly Accessible Catalog by choosing “Get This Item.”

Voyager record

January 29, 2018

Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project Exhibit at Honolulu Hale

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The following event announcement was made by the Okinawan Festival.

Center for Oral History at UH

Image source: http://www.oralhistory.hawaii.edu/pages/occupations/oroku_restaurants.html

“The Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project documented over 325 restaurants in Hawaii owned by Okinawans. This remarkable story is told in an exhibit on display at Honolulu Hale (530 S. King Street) from January 19th to February 8th.

1) The Oroku Restaurant Exhibit – Learn the story of Ushi Takara of American Cafe and the 74 restaurants owned by Hawaii Okinawans from Oroku village in Okinawa.

2) The Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project – Learn about the over 325 (and counting!) restaurants owned by Okinawans in Hawaii. Find out how you can help us grow the project!

3) Hawaii by Food Exhibit (part of Smithsonian Museum’s Key Ingredients tour, courtesy of Kapi’olani Community College – Learn about Hawaii’s unique food history.

4) Take a photo sitting at Columbia Inn’s iconic roundtable and stools! Gene Kaneshiro brought one of the original roundtables and stools for people to take photos at!!

NOTE: There will be a Closing Reception on Thursday, February 8th from 4 pm to 6 pm at Honolulu Hale!

The event, sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, is free and open to the public!”

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/172073326740556/

  • Event: Hawai’i Okinawan Restaurant Project Exhibit
  • Date:  January 19th, 2018 to February 8th, 2018
  • Location: Honolulu Hale (530 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI)

The University of Hawai’i’s Center for Oral History has an informative page about restaurant services as one of the occupations described by the Okinawan-Hawaiians.

The Oroku, Okinawa Connection: Local-Style Restaurants in Hawai’i

Oshiro, Joleen. (24 January 2018). Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “Taste of Okinawan history on the menu.”

February 6, 2018

Hawai’i Public Radio has a coverage on the event.

Tanigawa, N. 02 February 2018. Okinawan Eateries: The Dawn of Honolulu’s Restaurant Scene. Retrieved from http://hawaiipublicradio.org/post/okinawan-eateries-dawn-honolulu-s-restaurant-scene

December 1, 2017

Obituary: Takejiro Higa, Nisei soldier from Oahu

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From Obituaries in Honolulu Star-Advertiser (November 26, 2017)

Takejiro Higa, “94, of Honolulu, a World War II veteran of the Military Intelligence Service and retired Internal Revenue Service Agent passed away on October 7, 2017….He was active in many civic and cultural organizations including the Jikoen Hongwanji Mission, Kita Nakagusuku Sonjin Kai, Hawaii United Okinawa Association and Hui Makaala.”

  • Memorial Service Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Time: Visitation at 10:00 AM, Service begins at 11:00AM
  • Place: Hosoi Garden Mortuary (30 N Kukui St, Honolulu, HI 96817)

For more information about Mr. Takejiro Higa and his life, please visit http://blog.hawaii.edu/okinawacollection/2017/10/09/takejiro-higa-nisei-soldier-from-oahu-passes-away/

 

 

November 22, 2017

50th Anniversary UH-Chubu Program Celebration (video recording of the event)

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Several video recording of the 50th anniversary celebration of the UH Post-Graduate Medical Education Program at Chubu Hospita, Okinawa, became available.

The event was held at the Center for Korean Studies at UH Manoa campus on November 5, 2017.

“The program begins with Keynote Speaker Dr. Kaoru Ashimine, Director of the UH Postgraduate Medical Education Program at Chubu Hospital. Other speakers include Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Vice Dean of JABSOM, Dr. Junji Machi, Kuakini Medical Center, Graduate of the Program and Current Professor of the UH Postgraduate Medical Education Program at Chubu Hospital. And Ms. Ann Ito, Director of the UH Mānoa Kōkua Program. She also is the daughter of Steven Chinen, who assisted in establishing the program.” [https://jabsom.hawaii.edu/events/50th-anniversary-celebration-uh-post-graduate-medical-education-program-at-chubu-hospital-okinawa/]

The video is available on YouTube.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is going to acquire a copy a commemorative book on the 50th anniversary from the Chubu Hospital.

The event held in Okinawa is available from the Ryukyu Shimpo’s website.

「戦後医療の足跡つづる:中部病院『臨床研修制度』50年記念誌」、琉球新報、2017年11月9日付。

 

November 14, 2017

Film Screening: Ikusaba nu Tudumi (We Shall Overcome)

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The Center for Okinawan Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is going to have a free film screening, directed by Chie Mikami (三上智恵). The film is titled Ikusaba nu tudumi (=We shall overcome) / 戦場ぬ止み <いくさばぬとぅどぅみ>, 2015).

Film ikusaba nu tudumi

  • Date: Sunday, December 3. 2017
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Location: Center for Korean Studies
  • This event is free, and open to the public.

Parking is free on the UH Mānoa campus on Sundays.

After the film, Dr. Joyce Chinen will lead a discussion about the film.

Director Chie Mikami made another film titled Hyōteki no mura (標的の村 = Targeted Village, 2013).

UH Mānoa Library has a book written by Director Chie Mikami about the film making and what she hopes for Takae and Henoko areas. The book is written in Japanese.

Ikusaba nu tudumi : Henoko, Takae kara no inori / 戦場ぬ止み : 辺野古・高江からの祈り /

The publisher Ōtsuki Shoten has a site where some of the pages are available to read.

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.

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