May 14, 2019

Animation of Kunkunshi: Library Video Shorts

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The University of Hawaiʻi News (May 13, 2019)

“Award-winning student lenses focus on rare Hamilton Library collections”

“Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is home to a multitude of rare books, archival materials and special collections that attract researchers from around the world. So what better way to acquaint UH Mānoa students with these unique and valuable resources than to invite them to make videos about their favorite collections?”


The winning videos

The $500 first prize went to “MAGIS: A True Treasure” by Jonas Gutzat, Yudai Kojima and Jacob Hensley, whose video conveyed the restoration of historic maps after a 2004 flood devastated the basement of Hamilton Library.

Second prize of $200 was won by Sophia Whalen for “Kajadifu,” which incorporated the Academy for Creative Media major’s whimsical animation to highlight Hamilton Library’s Okinawan Collection.

The $100 third prize went to the team of Dezmond Applin, Keahi Delovio and Nicole Huber, who featured UH’s connection with famed late artist Jean Charlot.

All videos who participated in the competition are available at

May 8, 2019

May 8th Gōya Day

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May 8th in Okinawa is Gōyā ( or gōya; Okinawan bitter melon) Day!


Gōyā champuru (Okinawan bitter melon dish). A photo taken by pelican, on August 11, 2013. (CC-BY-SA 2.0)

People in Okinawa eat gōyā in many ways, but the most well-known dish is gōyā champurū. According to Nihon daihyakka zensho (日本大百科全書、ニッポニカ), champurū (or chanpurū) means, “a dish in which tofu is used as the main ingredient.”

Did you know that in Malay and in Indonesian, the word “campur” means “mix/stir?” “Nasi campur” is “mixed rice” in Indonesian. The sound campur is very similar to “champurū.”

A scholar named Yamamoto Akiko wonders if champurū might have its origin in Indonesia when the Okinawan soldiers came back to Okinawa from Indonesia after the WWII.

Yamamoto, Akiko. (2017). “Amerika-yu to tabemono,” in Booklet borders, No. 4, Nichijōka sareta kyōkai: sengo no Okinawa no kioku o tabisuru. (Nagoya-shi : Kokkyō Chiiki Kenkyū Sentā, 2017), 46-47. 山本章子、「アメリカ世と食べ物」、『日常化された境界: 戦後の沖縄の記憶を旅する』(名古屋市:国境地域研究センター、2017年)、46-47頁。

Call Number: EAST DS894.99.O375 Y37 2017

May 2, 2019

Manga: the University of the Ryukyus Story

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The University of the Ryukyus has published a comic book titled, Manga: The University of the Ryukyus Story / 『琉大創立物語 』.

Manga University of the Ryukyus Story

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The manga (comic book) has a web version.

On page 8, the manga tells that the people in Hawai’i financially assisted the creation of the University of the Ryukyus, by collecting donations with the phrase “Please Kokua Okinawa” (please help Okinawa). Those people in Okinawa were the members of Okinawa Kyūsai Kōseikai (沖縄救済厚生会). Among the members, according to the comic book, Wakukawa Seiei (湧川清栄) who at the time lived in Hawai’i but from Nakijin, Okinawa, was the leader. Wakukawa published a newspaper titled Kōsei Okinawa (厚生沖縄).

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Library owns a few issues of Kōsei Okinawa.

Title: Kosei Okinawa = Reborn Okinawa.
Publisher: Honolulu, T.H. [Territory of Hawaii] : The Okinawa Relief & Rehabilitation Foundation, 1947-1948.
Description: 2 volumes : illustrations ; 58 cm.
Vol. 1, no. 1 (Nov. 1947)-v. 2, no. 4 (Oct. 1948).

Current Location: UH Mānoa: Hamilton Hawaiian [Collection] Double Folio – Library Use Only

Kosei Okinawa

Kosei Okinawa Japanese

The comic book also mentions the role the Michigan State University.

A list of resources with regard to the Michigan State University’s involvement in founding the University of the Ryukyus:

  • Koikari, Mire. (2015). “Cultivaging Feminine Affinity: Women, Domesticity, and Cold War Transnationality in the US Military Occupation of Okinawa.” Journal of Women’s History, v. 27, n. 4 (Winter 2015), 112-136.
  • Ogawa, Tadashi. (2012). Sengo Beikoku no Okinawa bunka senryaku : Ryūkyū Daigaku to Mishigan misshon = 『戦後米国の沖縄文化戦略: 琉球大学とミシガン・ミッション』, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2012.
  • 琉球大学開学40周年記念誌編集専門委員会編、『琉球 大学 四十年』(沖縄県: 琉球大学、1990年。
  • 琉球大学、『十周年記念誌』([沖縄県]: 琉球大学、1961年)。