2016 Uchinaa Junior Study Program


Junior Study Tour

The Uchinaa Junior Study Program (formerly the Junior Study Tour) is an annual immersion program that brings 20 middle and high school students to the islands of Okinawa.

Sponsored by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, elected students are given an all-expense-paid trip to study Okinawan history, culture, society, and diaspora, with an emphasis on nature, peace, and identity. Students will also be given the opportunity to interact with Uchinaanchu from around the world as well as students from Okinawa, with the hope that bonds and understandings will develop between overseas Uchinaanchu and their mother island.

TOUR DATES: July 24 ~ August 8, 2016

It may be delivered in person, mailed, or emailed, but it MUST be in the office by 4:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)

Requirements for Participation:

  • Applicants must be fully or partially of Okinawan descent
  • Applicants or their parents must be current OAA members
  • Applicants must be enrolled in middle or high school (12~19 years old)
  • Applicants must have relatives or friends in Okinawa available for applicant’s homestay (a few days)

Necessary Documents for Application:
Each kenjinkai may nominate one candidate to Okinawa for consideration to participate in the Uchinaa Junior Study Program. Please note that application does not guarantee participation.

  • Application form (PDF, Microsoft Word)
  • 2 copies of applicant’s passport picture (3cm x 2cm)
  • 1-page essay: “My identity as an Uchinaanchu (Okinawan)”

It may be delivered in person, mailed, or emailed, but it MUST be in the office by 4:00 PM.

Study Program:

  • Nature:  Learn about the importance of Okinawa’s plants and animals while directly experiencing the beauties that nature has to offer.
  • History:  Visit the historical sites of Okinawa and learn more about the era of the Ryukyu Kingdom.
  • Culture:  Experience the culture through handicrafts and performing arts born from Okinawan history.
  • Peace:  Contemplate the meaning of peace while visiting battle sites from World War II’s Battle of Okinawa and other significant places.
  • Society:  Experience daily Okinawan life to gather a better understanding of Okinawa’s present situation.
  • Emigration:  Study the history of Okinawa emigrants while reflecting on Okinawan identity.

Junior Study Program

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