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2019 Uchinaa Junior Study Program

PLEASE NOTE:
This page is intended for members of the
Okinawa kenjinkai/association in Los Angeles, California.
Please contact your nearest kenjinkai/association to apply!

ATTENTION OAA MEMBERS!

Junior Study Tour

The Uchinaa Junior Study Program (formerly the Junior Study Tour) is an annual immersion program that brings 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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 29, 2019 (FRIDAY)
It may be delivered in person, mailed, or emailed, but it MUST be in the OAA office before 4:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time). The application process is extensive, so please do not wait until the last minute.

If you are an OAA member, please continue reading for eligibility, documents, and more information ⤵️

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2019 Rummage Collection Fundraiser

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In observance of Earth Day, the OAA is teaming up Savers in Lomita to recycle, reuse, and reduce unwanted items in your home. For every donation made, the OAA will receive 20 cents per pound for soft goods, 5 cents per pound for miscellaneous, and 5 cents per pound for books and media. (Damaged or incomplete items will NOT be accepted)

Our goal is to raise $1,000 which is a equivalent of 400 13-gallon bags!

Volunteers needed to organize and bag items (April 1st – 12th, 22nd – 26th) and on April 27th to help with day-of drop-offs and loading the truck. Service hours are available for students. Please click here to sign up

Drop-Off Dates | Acceptable Items | Unacceptable Items
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2019 OAA New Year’s Party

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Photo by Itsuki Gramkow

Okinawa Association of America’s
Annual New Year’s Party 2019
県人会新年宴会
Sunday, January 20 • 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Quiet Cannon

901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA 90640
Reservation Required by January 11, 2019
Facebook Event Page

Click on a link below to learn more:
MAKE A RESERVATION | PROGRAM & ENTERTAINMENT
RAFFLE PRIZES
 | SILENT AUCTION| VOLUNTEER

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OAA Okinawa Bazaar 2018

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Flyer by Jeff Shimane

Okinawa Association of America’s
Annual Okinawa Bazaar & Fundraiser
Sunday, October 7, 2018 • 11 AM – 4 PM
Facebook Event Page

OAA Center’s Parking Lot
16500 South Western Avenue, Gardena 90247
(Please use street-side parking)

Click on a link below to learn more:
ABOUT | ENTERTAINMENT | RAFFLE PRIZES
FOOD BOOTHS | SHOPPING | KIDS ACTIVITIES
VOLUNTEER | DONATE | DISCOUNTS
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Okinawa Kempi Scholarship 2019

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Kempi students from Argentina, China, Bolivia, Peru, and U.S. participating in the Grand Sanshin Gathering during the 2016 Worldwide Uchinaanchu Festival. Photo courtesy of Maiya Gessling

Every year, the Okinawa Prefectural Government offers scholarships for young Okinawans (ages 18 to 35) to study in Okinawa for one year. This is a wonderful opportunity for young kenjinkai members of full or partial Okinawan descent to learn about their ancestral heritage as well as develop relationships with local and international Uchinaanchu.

Click below for more information and application requirements.
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2018 L.A. Homestay Program Schedule

Homestay Program

A photo from a different homestay program that the OAA participated in

In coordination with the Okinawa Prefectural Government, the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will be hosting 10 high school and college students from Okinawa and organize activities for them to learn about and interact with the OAA, the Uchinaanchu community, and Nikkei- and Uchinaanchu-owned businesses.

Click below for a schedule of activities and more information.
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2018 OAA Members Picnic

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Artwork by Richard Yamashiro

Okinawa Association of America’s Annual Members Picnic
Sunday, July 15 • 11 a.m. ~ 4 p.m. (opens @ 10) • Whittier Narrows Park

750 Santa Anita Avenue, Area E-1, South El Monte • On-site parking fee: $6

(Non-members are also encouraged to attend the event and apply for membership)

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PICNIC
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