Monthly Archives: April 2013

OAA Scholarship Applications for Graduating High School Students (Extended Deadline: June 14)

2012 OAA Scholarship Recipients
Applications for the OAA’s annual scholarship awards for 2013 high school graduates are now available! Applicant requirements include:

  • Must be graduating high school in 2013
  • Must be of full or partial Okinawan descent
  • Parents or applicant must be OAA member(s)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA


The awards will be based primarily on academic accomplishments with due consideration given to extra-curricular and community activities and financial needs.

The scholarship awards will be presented at the OAA’s Annual Picnic at Whittier Narrows Recreation Park on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

Click here to download the application materials (PDF file)

Please contact the OAA at 310-532-1929 or for more information!

(Non-OAA) 2 Uchinanchu Filmmakers @ LA Asian Pacific Film Fest

We are honored to have 2 Uchinanchu filmmakers presenting their short films at this year’s Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (presented by Visual Communications)! Every year this festival provides a venue for the brightest talents within the Asian American and Asian international communities, bringing together hundreds of feature-length and short-form films/videos to be showcased over the course of the festival’s 1-week duration.

Typhoon of Steel Filmmaker Gena Hamamoto (producer of The Crumbles) will have her 19-minute UCLA thesis film “Typhoon of Steel” screened at this year’s Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (May 7th – 7:00 PM – CGV Cinemas 3)! The short documentary focuses on the lives of two Okinawan American members of the MIS (Military Intelligence Service) and their experiences during World War II.

Obon Jivers, Under the Wig Christy Ishimine will have her 5-minute documentary “Obon Jivers, Under the Wig” screened during the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival’s Digital Histories program (May 7th – 4:00 PM – CGV Cinemas 2)! Christy’s short documentary follows a group of Elvis impersonators who are often sighted at local Japanese American festivals!

Both films will be presented at the CGV Cinemas in Koreatown (621 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles 90005) on May 7th. To purchase tickets for “Typhoon of Steel” or “Obon Jivers, Under the Wig”, please click on the respective titles. NOTE: This is not an OAA-sponsored event.

Okinawan Music & Dance Showcase | 2013 Utayabira Wuduyabira

5/5 Utayabira Wuduyabira

On Sunday, May 5th, the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will be presenting their 18th biennial Utayabira Wuduyabira concert at the James R. Armstrong Theatre (Torrance, California). Translated as “let’s sing, let’s dance” in Uchinaaguchi (the Okinawan language), this showcase of traditional performing arts will feature local musicians (sanshin, koto, taiko) and dancers coming together to celebrate and share the Okinawan culture for audiences of all generations and backgrounds.

Utayabira Wuduyabira is organized by the OAA’s Geinobu (Performing Arts Committee). The Geinobu was formed in 1987 and is currently comprised of over twenty Okinawan dance, sanshin, koto, and taiko schools. Teachers and students from each school participate in the Utayabira Wuduyabira concerts, bringing a blend of koten ongaku (traditional music), buyo (traditional dance), minyo (folk music), and eisa (festival drums).

The Utayabira Wuduyabira concert will be hosted by the James R. Armstrong Theatre (3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, 90503) on Sunday, May 5th, 2:00 PM. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by contacting the OAA at or 310-532-1929. Please make checks payable to OAA – Geinobu.

Please watch these excerpts from our 2009 Utayabira Wuduyabira (filmed and edited by Hisashi Seragaki):

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