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Okinawa Collection

Welcome to the George Washington University Okinawa Collection

Welcome to the George Washington University Okinawa Collection.

Established in June 2015 with generous support from the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), the Okinawa Collection is a part of the Japan Resource Center in Gelman Library's Global Resources Center. This rapidly growing collection features scholarly materials on Okinawa from the past to the present from multiple perspectives. 

Okinawa Collection Update

April 28, 2019 The Okinawa Essay Contest winners were featured on Ryukyu Shimpo (English edition/Japanese edition).
April 1, 2019 The Okinawa Essay Contest winner, Ms. Nina Udagawa talks about her essay and her view on Okinawa. Read more on News & Events.
March 24, 2019 A documentary film 海の彼方 ('Umi no kanata')/After Spring, The Tamaki Family... is coming to Northern Virginia, and  Washington, D.C. The film screening is sponsored by the Global Taiwan Institute. Mr. Takao Aharen, Deputy Director of the Okinawa Prefectural Government Washington DC Office will be a moderator at the film discussion session after the showing.
March 15, 2019 Winners of the 1st Okinawa Essay Contest were announced! One of the winners is Ms. Nina Udagawa, a sophomore majoring in International Affairs at GW. See the Contest Results page.
February 28, 2019 President and Vice President of the Okinawa Kai of Washington DC visited the Okinawa Collection. Read more on News & Events.
February 28, 2019 The 2nd Okinawa Culture Day was held at District House's dance studio. The event was sponsored by the Sigur Center, Japanese Program and the Okinawa Collection.
January 7, 2019 Three new categories - Music, Diaspora, and Gender Issues - were added to the Okinawa Collection Recent Acquisition guide.

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December 2, 2018 A special U.S. East Coast premiere of Jimami Tofu - an award-winning film set in Okinawa - was shown at Cinema Arts Theatre, Fairfax, Virginia. The beautiful red carpet event was hosted by the Okinawa Kai of Washington DC.
October 9, 2018 Alan Gratz is an acclaimed author who reimagines historical events for young readers. His latest work Grenade was just published by Scholastic and is on the New York Times bestseller list. It's an emotional story about the Battle of Okinawa. Read more on News & Events.
October 7, 2018 Prof. Mike Mochizuki was interviewed by Ryukyu Shimpo after the gubernatorial election. Read more on the Ryukyu Shimpo online.
October 1, 2018 Two new categories - Okinawa in Photos and Environment - were added to the Okinawa Collection Recent Acquisition guide.
August 15, 2018 Okinawa Essay Contest application has started, sponsored by The Okinawa Prefectural Government and the George Washington University Okinawa Collection. Read more on News & Events.
February 22, 2018 The 1st Okinawa Culture Day was held as a part of Beginning Japanese course. The students enjoyed a karate demonstration by Master Nestor Folta and Master Koichi Folta, and a traditional Okinawan dance Eisaa by three Eisaa instructors, Mrs. Michie Beckford, Mrs. Kyoko Dennard and Master Koichi Folta. 
January 6, 2018 Japanese Americans' Care Fund Maryland Library and Mrs. Mieko Maeshiro, a former President of Okinawa Kai of Washington DC made a generous donation.

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November 15, 2017 Mrs. Teiko Tursi, a karate instructor, a dance choreographer and a former President of the Okinawan American Association of New York, visited the Advanced Japanese course taught by Professor Shoko Hamano.

September 17, 2017 The Okinawa Collection librarian visited Beginning Japanese class taught by Professor Kyoko Kobayashi Hillman. The topics covered: history of Ryukyu Kingdom, the Battle of Okinawa and US-Japan military base issues.
May 17, 2017 Mr. Daiichi Hirata, Chairman of Okinawa Prefectural Foundation for Cultural Promotion, generously donated a box set of 17 CDs “Okinawa Miyako Yaeyama Minyo Daizenshu I Utakata” to GW Okinawa Collection.
April 19, 2017 Bui Phoebe, Senior at Elliott School of International Affairs, presented a paper on her research on Japanese junior high history textbook content and its relationship to its readers' perceptions of historical events including the Battle of Okinawa at Elliott School Undergraduates Scholars Research Symposium.
February 3, 2017 GW Okinawa Collection Workshop was held at the Churchill Center, the Gelman Library. Read more on News & Events.
February 2, 2017 The Honorable Takeshi Onaga, Governor, Okinawa Prefecture and Dr. Moritake Tomikawa, Policy Advisor, Okinawa Prefecture, gave speeches at The Elliott School of International Affairs. Read more on News & Events.
February 2, 2017 Members of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly and All Okinawa visited the Okinawa Collection. Read more on News & Events.
January 10, 2017 Miriam B. Grinberg, Program Associate at GW Elliott School of International Affairs just earned her PhD from University of Warwick. Her dissertation "The US-Japan alliance and the relocation of Futenma : sites of discursive exchange in the reproduction of security alliances" can be viewed here. Congratulations, Miriam!

Recent Acquisition

Please browse our newest addition to the Okinawa Collection on Recent Acquisitions Homepage.

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