January 7, 2019

HUOA Anthology Project: Commemorating 120th Anniversary of Okinawans in Hawai‘i

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The Hawai’i United Okinawa Association (HUOA) announced that it will solicit original works to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Okinawans in Hawai’i. The first Okinawan immigrants arrived in Hawai’i in 1900, and the year 2020 marks the 120th anniversary.

120th anniversary of Okinawan in Hawaii

The HUOA named the project as the Anthology Project. The announcement reads:

This project will ultimately take the form of a multimedia collection—a mixed anthology, if you will—of original works about our Okinawan heritage in Hawaii and will be ready sometime in 2020. This project is partially funded by a generous Hui O Laulima Cultural Grant for 2019. This anthology will contain original materials submitted by people in the community about what it means to be Uchinanchu in Hawai’i. What makes this collection different from others is that it will not be limited to written literary materials, but will also include other media and forms of
expression, as there are various kinds of talent in our community.

Source: http://www.huoa.org/nuuzi/uchinanchu/2018/uchi_2018_11NovDec.pdf (Page 6)

Theme: Our Okinawan Heritage in Hawai’i
Submission Period: Accepting submissions of works from now until June 30, 2019
Anything that is Okinawan-themed and tied to our heritage here in Hawaii is acceptable.
The submissions could have historical and/or cultural themes, including artistic expressions.
Please help get the word out about this project so that people hear about it and will consider submitting their works.

Any questions?

Email: hi.uchinanchu1900@gmail.com

Call: (808) 295-3828

Submit works to: hi.uchinanchu1900@gmail.com

August 29, 2017

Uchinanchu diaspora: a film of Okinawans in New Caledonia

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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.

May 10, 2017

Library of Congress added digitized newspaper articles on the Japanese Internment Camps

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“Journalism, Behind Barbed Wire,” a weblog written by 

The blog post announces that more than 4,600 items from the newspapers, published in the 13 internment camps. The Library of Congress digitized them.

[Source: https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2017/05/journalism-behind-barbed-wire/]


[Source: Current Awareness Portal by the National Diet Library of Japan, published on May 9, 2017 (JST)]

Image of a newspaper published by the Japanese Americans in the Internment Camp

Click the image above to visit the larger image with meta data (with an option to download the image).

On the related topic, the above Current Awareness Portal includes its older weblog post on digitization of Japanese American Internment camp documents.

CSUDH [California State University, Dominguez Hills] Receives National Parks Service Grant to Lead Digitization of Japanese American Internment Documents


There is an online resource page to learn Japanese & Japanese Americans in Hawi’i at the University of Hawai at Mānoa Library.

Internment of Japanese & Japanese Americans in Hawaii: Home

The University Archives & Manuscripts Department in the UH Mānoa Library has a Japanese American Veterans Collection.

Digital Resources Chaplain Higuchi Wartime Correspondence

February 14, 2017

Call for Papers: Japanese Diaspora Initiative Workshop

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The Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University is calling for papers for the first Japanese Diaspora Initiative (JDI) Workshop (scheduled for 3 days from November 13-15, 2017) at Stanford.

The details of the workshop and the application can be found below.


The application deadline is August 21, 2017.

Workshop announcement by the Japanese Diaspora Initiative at Stanford University

Also, JDI has launched an online project titled the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection / 邦字新聞デジタル・コレクション. The Collection currently includes, “14 newspapers published in Hawaii and North America. Most publications present a mix of content in the Japanese and English languages, with formats and proportionality of Japanese/English often changing as a reflection of shifting business and social circumstances.”

Some titles (marked with ♦ and in blue) are “restricted to members with a Stanford email address, or accessing this site from a Stanford University server.”

Browse by title

  • Dōhō / 同胞, (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Hawaii Herald, (Honolulu, HI) ♦
  • Hawaii Hōchi / ハワイ報知 [The Hawaii Hochi], (Honolulu, HI) ♦
  • Hawaii Shokumin Shinbun / 布哇植民新聞 [The Hawaii Shokumin Shinbun], (Hilo, HI)
  • Hawaii Times / 布哇タイムス, (Honolulu, HI)
  • Hokubei Jiji / 北米時事 [The North American Times], (Seattle, WA) ♦
  • Nichibei Shinbun / 日米新聞 [The Japanese-American News], (San Francisco, CA) ♦
  • Nippu Jiji / 日布時事 [The Nippu Jiji], (Honolulu, HI)
  • Rafu Shinpō / 羅府新報 [The Rafu Shimpo], (Los Angeles, CA) ♦
  • Shin Sekai Asahi Shinbun / 新世界朝日新聞 [The New World Sun], (San Francisco, CA)
  • Shin Sekai Nichi Nichi Shinbun / 新世界日日新聞 [The New World Daily News], (San Francisco, CA)
  • Shin Sekai / 新世界 [The New World], (San Francisco, CA)

December 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor / 真珠湾攻撃

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December 7, 1941

This is the day that the Japanese army bombed the Pearl Harbor in Hawai‘i. Many Okinawan-Hawaiians and Japanese-Hawaiians were considered as “enemies,” even though most of them were born in the United States as a citizen.

There are many resources regarding the Okinawan-Hawaiians in the Hamilton Library both physical and digital (online).

Later this month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe visits the USS Arizona as the first Japanese leader with President Barack Obama.  This year marks 75th anniversary.

UHM Library’s

Newspaper articles (regarding Hawai’i-Okinawans and Pearl Harbor)

Online resources