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Okinawa Collection Workshop

February 3, 2017

The half-day workshop brought together more than a dozen of experts on Okinawa and Japan from universities and libraries in the mid-Atlantic region. They were introduced to the Okinawa Collection and its new acquisitions.
The event began with remarks by Dr. Geneva Henry, Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation, followed by the Honorable Takeshi Onaga, Governor of Okinawa Prefecture.
Governor Onaga expressed his gratitude to GW and the Okinawa Collection for promoting the study of Okinawa.  During the lunch hour, Dr . Moritake Tomikawa, Policy Advisor of the Okinawa Prefectural Government, gave a presentation on “Okinawa's Economic Future and Asia: Looking Beyond the U.S. Military Presence,” followed by a Q&A session.
Workshop participants provided valuable suggestions regarding the Collection’s acquisitions, visibility, and accessibility.

Okinawa Dialogue at the Elliott School of International Affairs

February 2, 2017

Before a standing-room only audience in the Lindner Family Commons of the Elliott School of International Affairs, the Honorable Takeshi Onaga, Governor of Okinawa, and Dr. Moritake Tomikawa, Policy Advisor to the Okinawa Prefectural Government, gave presentations on Okinawa's fu tu re and East Asia. The program was covered extensively by the media.  Professor Mike Mochizuki moderated the event.
In his presentation entitled Okinawa's Economic Future and Asia: Looking Beyond the U.S. Military Presence, Dr. Tomikawa reported that Okinawa has been experiencing economic growth because of the prefecture’s expanding links with neighboring countries in Asia and the increase in tourism.  As the Okinawan economy becomes much less dependent upon income related to the U.S. military presence, the heavy concentration of U.S. bases in the island prefecture impedes Okinawa’s further development.  
Governor Onaga first expressed his appreciation to GW for developing the Okinawa Collection and hosting the “Bingata! Only in Okinawa” exhibition at GW’s Textile Museum.  Governor Onaga then discussed the current situation regarding U.S. military base issues on Okinawa and the wishes of the Okinawan people.  He also reported on his dialogue with members of Congress during his visit to Washington, D.C., an d he reiterated his opposition to the construction of a new U.S. Marine Corps airfield at Henoko.  
This event was sponsored by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, the Okinawa Collection and Japan Resource Center of Gelman Library, and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs.

The Okinawa Collection welcomed members of the Okinawa Prefecture Assembly and the All Okinawa

February 2, 2017

Mr. Seiryo Arakaki , Mr. Morimasa Goya , Mr. Orihiro Ishida, and Mr. Ichiro Miyagi (in alphabetical order) visited the Okinawa Collection. They browsed through recent collection acquisitions on various Okinawan topics. They provided information packets regarding the Futenma base issue and the proposed construction of a new U.S. Marine Corps airfield at Henoko.  These packets will be available to patrons of the Okinawa Collection. 

International Collections Showstoppers! at GRC

November 30, 2016

Thematic collections of books from each section of GRC were displayed. On the 'Education & Literature' table, some juvenile materials about Battle of Okinawa and Okinawan customs attracted a lot of attention from Japanese language students. GRC's Okinawa Collection librarian had a chance to discuss and recommend Okinawan literature selections to Japanese faculty members.


GW Textile Museum presents 'Bingata! Only in Okinawa'

November 5, 2016 ~ January 30, 2017

testComing from Okinawan museum collections, Bingata! Only in Okinawa is a rare opportunity to view brightly colored traditional resist-dyed fabrics.
As an opening ceremony on November 5, a symposium ‘ Only in Okinawa: Textiles and traditions of Ryukyu Kingdom, will be held. For details, please go to Fall Symposium: Only in Okinawa: Textiles and Traditions of the Ryukyu Kingdom.

The 6th Uchinanchu Festival

October 25-30, 2016

"Uchinanchu" means Okinawan people,and the number of people of Okinawan heritage who live outside of Japan exceeds 360,000. Thousands get together every six years and celebrate their heritage.   
Photograph courtesy of The 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Executive Committee Secretariat

Generous Donations from Mrs. Mieko Maeshiro

August 25, 2016

Former President of Washington D.C. Okinawa Association, Mrs. Mieko Maeshiro, visited GW Okinawa Collection on August 25. She kindly donated an important collection of materials on Ryukyuan cultures, language, and society including hard-to-find post-war memoirs and public health analysis on post-war Okinawa. Thank you very much, Mrs. Maeshiro!

Article posted on The Wall Street Journal by GW Professor

June 14, 2016

Titled "Repairing U.S.-Japan Ties on Okinawa - Recent Arrests of U.S. personnel on the island hurt bilateral relations and the U.S. posture in Asia" on Opinion Commentary page of The Wall Street Journal online, Professor Mike Mochizuki and Dr. Michael O'Hanlon (Brookings Institution proposes a way to reduce Okinawa’s burden of hosting U.S. bases while strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Okinawa: The Afterburn Film Showing & Discussion

November 18, 2015

‘Okinawa: The Afterburn” is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive picture of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa and the ensuing 70-year occupation of the island by the US military. 
Co-sponsored by the Global Resources Center and Veterans For Peace, Ryukyu Okinawa Chapter Organizing Committee.

GW Okinawa Collection Opening Ceremony

June 8, 2015

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga expressed warm congratulations and gratitude to GW on the opening of the Okinawa Collection at the Global Resources Center (GRC). This collection of primary and secondary research materials was established through a memorandum of understanding between the Okinawa Prefectural Government and GW.  Housed in the GRC’s Japan Resource Center, the collection will focus on Okinawan history, politics and public policy, international relations, economics, society and culture, and literature and linguistics.

Dr. Kurayoshi Takara - Visionary Founder of the Okinawa Collection

September 3, 2014

While serving as Vice Governor of Okinawa Prefecture in 2013-14, Dr. Kurayoshi Takara helped to lay the groundwork for establishing the Okinawa Collection at The George Washington University. To start the collection, Dr. Takara kindly donated nearly 300 volumes from his personal library, including History of Okinawa Prefecture, Visual History of Okinawa,  Okinawa Encyclopedia, and the Art of Okinawa.  We are immensely grateful for this donation and his desire to expand the understanding of Okinawa inside and outside the GW community.  Dr. Takara is one of the world's leading historians of the Ryukyu Kingdom and Okinawa.  He obtained his doctorate from Kyushu University and was a professor in the Faculty of Law and Letters at the University of the Ryukyus.  In 2004, Dr. Takara received the Japan Foundation Award for his major contribution to enhancing mutual understanding between Japan and other countries.  He and GW professor Mike Mochizuki have been longtime friends, and the two of them co-chaired with Professor Akikazu Hashimoto of J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo a U.S.-Japan research project on the "Okinawa Question" from 2003 to 2013.
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