Cape Manzamō, located near Onna Village in Okinawa (Wikipedia)
Applications are now available for the 2018 Onna Village Kenshuu Program. This is an all-expenses-paid scholarship for young Uchinaanchu to study in Okinawa for six months.
Please contact the OAA by May 7, 2018 to begin the application process: firstname.lastname@example.org, (310) 532-1929. The application is very intensive, so please do not wait until the last minute.
September 2018 to February 2019
- Must be a current OAA member
- Must have ancestral/familial roots in Onna Village, Okinawa
- Must have a relative/friend in Okinawa to sponsor you (preferably somebody living in Onna Village)
- Must be between 18 – 35 years of age
- Must be in relatively good health
- Some Japanese language skills required
(Note: If you are not an OAA member, please contact your local Okinawa kenjinkai/association to apply. Applying does not guarantee acceptance into the program.)
ATTENTION OAA MEMBERS!
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.
Please contact your nearest kenjinkai/association to apply!
TOUR DATES: July 29 ~ August 4, 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 23, 2018 (FRIDAY)
It may be delivered in person, mailed, or emailed, but it MUST be in the OAA office by 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 ⤵️
Posted in From Okinawa, Junior Study Program, Members, Scholarships
Tagged asian american, junior study program, junior study tour, kenjinkai, oaa, okinawa, okinawa association of america, okinawan, ryukyu, ryukyuan, scholarship, study abroad, uchina, uchinaa, uchinaanchu, uchinanchu
Okinawa Association of America (OAA) in Los Angeles, California is considering a homestay program that is being organized by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG).
We are searching for local families who are interested in potentially hosting high school/college students and adult chaperones from Okinawa during a two-week period in August 2018.
During their stay with host families this will be a great opportunity for cultural exchange, especially for families who have roots in Okinawa!
Please continue reading for the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and to download the Application Form. ⤵
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 adults of full or partial Okinawan descent to learn about their ancestral heritage as well as develop relationships with local and international Uchinaanchu.
The program offers two options:
- Study at one of the prefecture’s universities
- Study a traditional art (e.g., sanshin, dance, textiles, lacquer, sanshin making, cuisine, etc.)
Application requirements include conversational Japanese skills (higher proficiency required for universities) and a relative or family friend who lives in Okinawa to act as a guarantor.
Applications are now available for Southern California applicants at the OAA office or via email by request: 310-532-1929, email@example.com
The application deadline is September 11, but interested parties are encouraged to pick up and read through the application as soon as possible because it will be a highly extensive process.
- July 29, 1PM at the OAA Center, Room 103
- Mid-August (to be announced)
Here’s a short segment from OTV (Okinawa Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd) that talks about the program and interviews one of the OAA’s nominated participants (Japanese language only):
Posted in Culture Committee (Bunka-bu), Events, From Okinawa, Katayabira Oral History Project, Kenjinkai, Lectures, Special Events
Tagged Battle of Okinawa, 琉球, event, irei no hi, Lecture, loochoo, masahide ota, oaa, okinawa, okinawa association of america, okinawan, ryukyu, ryukyuan, Typhoon of Steel, uchinaa, uchinaanchu, uchinanchu, world war ii, wwii, 大田昌秀, 慰霊の日, 沖縄
UPDATE: Click here to view the commercial! Click on 30sec(ロスVer)
NOTE: Please contact the OAA at 310-532-1929 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for this commercial filming. This is not a public filming, so sign-up is required. The producers have informed us that OAA members will get priority in the sign-up because they wish to focus on international Okinawa organizations. Please contact us for more information.
The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will be hosting an informal talk with Shinichi Maehara on Saturday, March 23, 3:00PM at the OAA Center (16500 S. Western Ave. Gardena 90247, FREE ADMISSION). The event will be the first in an ongoing series of lectures presented by the OAA’s Bunka-Bu (Culture Committee). Mr. Maehara, a retired executive director at Okinawa Television (OTV), will be discussing the preservation and sharing of the Okinawan heart and spirit by the Okinawan diaspora.
In 2011, Mr. Maehara received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. The honor was given for his contributions to the understanding of the Okinawan diaspora. He traveled to 35 countries to document the lives of overseas Okinawans, compiling those interviews into a series called “Sekai Uchinanchu Kikō (Uchinanchu Worldwide)”. Inspired by a Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper series of the same name, Mr. Maehara’s documentary series ran from 1987 to 2001 and in 2004, totaling 206 episodes and earning an award from the National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan.
Equally educational and entertaining, the episodes focused on Okinawans living in different countries and presented the scenery and native cultures of those countries. Even though the interviewees moved away from Okinawa (or were born outside of Okinawa), Mr. Maehara found many commonalities that were linked by their shared Okinawan roots – the strong presence of Chimugukuru (the Okinawan heart and spirit, an attitude often characterized by universal family and acceptance) and the practice and sharing of the Okinawan culture and language.
This free event will take place at the OAA’s Yamauchi Building (16500 S. Western Ave. Gardena 90247). Please RSVP by calling the OAA at 310-532-1929 or emailing email@example.com.
Posted in Culture Committee (Bunka-bu), Events, From Okinawa, Lectures, Meet and Greet, Special Events
Tagged Bunka-Bu, Lecture, oaa, okinawa, okinawa association of america, Okinawa Television, okinawan, ryukyu, ryukyuan, Sekai Uchinanchu Kikō, Shinichi Maehara, uchina, uchinaaguchi, uchinanchu, Uchinanchu Worldwide