Event: Lecture-Demonstration by Sekiyu Chinen

Jimpu Kai USA Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho, Hawaii Shibu, under the direction of Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone, is proud to present a series of lecture-demonstrations by Mr. Sekiyu Chinen, a guest artist from Okinawa. Having studied uta-sanshin, dance, and kumiwudui under Master Kin Ryosho for almost forty years, Mr. Chinen is one of the last performers of Shuri-style kumiwudui in Okinawa. He would like to share his passion for Okinawa performing arts with the people of Hawaiʻi. The lecture-demonstrations are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

The lecture-demonstrations are scheduled on these dates:

Thursday, July 12: Hilo Nichiren Mission, 6:00 PM

Wednesday, July 18: Hawaii Okinawan Center, Serikaku Chaya, 7:00 PM (download flyer, PDF 157 KB)

Sunday, July 22: UHM Music Building, Room 36, 10:00 AM

Sunday, July 29: Maui Okinawan Cultural Center, 10:00 AM

(via Char)

COS Lecture Series 10/1/09 & 10/2/09

Professor Masahide Ishihara will be our first speaker with two different presentation on October 1st and 2nd. Both presentation will be held in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) at 3:00 pm. Professor Ishihara is a linguist at the University of the Ryukyus. More information on his talk to follow in the coming weeks.

October 1, 2009

“Two Sides of the Coin: Change in Language Attitudes Toward the Ryukyuan Languages”

October 2, 2009

“America’s English Language Policy in Occupied Okinawa and the Reactions of the People of Okinawa”

Link: Center for Okinawan Studies Lecture Series

(Nifee deebitan to Char for the info.)

COS Lecture Series: “Introducing the International Institute for Okinawan Studies at the University of the Ryukyus”

The International Institute for Okinawan Studies (IIOS) was established on April 1, 2009 at the University of the Ryukyus. It is a research institute that brings together all of the different disciplines focusing on Okinawan Studies at the University of the Ryukyus. Professor Katsunori Yamazato is the inaugural Director of IIOS.

Join us as Professor Yamazato talks about IIOS, its future plans, and its relationship with the University of Hawai‘i.

  • Speaker: Professor Katsunori Yamazato, Director International Institute for Okinawan Studies, University of the Ryukyus
  • Date: September 2, 2009 (Wednesday)
  • Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Location: Moore 319 (Tokioka Room)

Co-sponsored with the Center for Japanese Studies, UHM

Event is free and open to the public.

Check out their website for more info.

(Nifee deebitan to Char for the info!)

Center for Okinawa Studies Conference 2009

“From Aza, through Sanzan, Loochoo, and Ryukyu, to Okinawa, to Uchinanchu Diaspora—Where is Okinawan Studies Headed?”

March 19th – March 21st, 2009
Hawaii Imin International Conference Center,
East West Center, Hawaiʻi

The first COS Okinawan Studies conference will feature scholars from UH, the US mainland, Okinawa and Japan and will examine ways in which the various areas of Okinawan Studies can be developed.

Specific topics include:

  • Okinawa Studies in Okinawa, Japan, North America and Europe (Keynote Speeches)
  • Diasporic Identities
  • Traditional Ryukyu
  • Performing Arts
  • Dictionary Production
  • Models of Collaboration
  • Language Revitalization
  • Literature
  • Contemporary Issues (Economy and Politics)
  • Contemporary Issues (Military Issues)
  • Textiles

More information as well as the conference registration form is available on the COS Okinawan Studies 2009 website.

(Nifee deebitan for the tip, Char!)

Lecture-Demonstration: “Ryukyu Geino: The Legacy of Kin Ryosho”

There will be a Ryukyuan/Okinawan classical performing arts lecture-demonstration next month on Sunday the 12th from 3PM to 5PM at the University of Hawai‘i School of Architecture Auditorium. Admission is free!

From the flyer (download it here in PDF):

“Ryukyu Geino: The Legacy of Kin Ryosho,” a free public lecture-demonstration discussing the art and teachings of Master Kin Ryosho, will be presented on Sunday, October 12, 2008, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the UH Manoa School of Architecture Auditorium.

Master Kin Ryosho, one of the last links to the classical performing arts of the Ryukyuan Kingdom, was designated a National Living Treasure by the Japanese government for his knowledge of Kumi Udui, the 18th century classical Okinawan court dance drama.

The program will feature short lectures by Dr. Kathy Foley, University of California, Santa Cruz and Dr. Nobuko Ochner, University of Hawai‘i Manoa. Dances and demonstrations of Kumi Udui will be presented by the students of Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone, Lecturer in Okinawan Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and director of the Hawai‘i chapter of Master Kin’s school, Jimpu Kai USA Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho Hawai‘i Shibu.

Doors open at 2:30 PM. Seating is limited. Free parking is available under the School of Architecture building and on campus. Elevator for disabled guests can be accessed through the parking lot under the Architecture building.

This project was made possible through funding from the University of Hawai‘i Japan Studies Endowment and co-sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i’s Center for Japanese Studies and Center for Okinawan Studies.

(Nifee deebitan to Char for the info!)

Lecture: Okinawan Identity and Independence

Dr. Taira is Emeritus Professor of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and for the past two decades has been the Editor and Publisher of The Ryukyuanist, a newsletter which has connected and informed scholars and researchers of Okinawa Studies of developments in the field. He has written extensively on the quest of Okinawans for self-determination, and will discuss the range of meanings and forms that Okinawan independence might take, including the “one-Japan, two systems of governance” proposal that has surfaced in since recent years. He will also be part of an informal “Talk Story discussion on Okinawan Identity” hosted by the Center for Japanese Studies at the UH at Manoa campus on Wednesday, September 5, from 3:00-4:30 pm in Moore 319 (Tokioka Room). Both of these appearances are made possible through a grant of the UH Diversity Fund. [Via UHWO News.]

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 from 12:30pm to 1:45pm in Room E-103, UHWO
Wednesday, September 5, 2007 from 3pm to 4:30pm in Moore 319 (Tokioka Room), UHM

[Nifee to Charlene for the info. 😀 ]