BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20200815T000000Z DTEND:20200815T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<em><strong></strong><strong>WATCH THIS EVENT LIVE on YouTube o n August 15:</strong>\n<strong><a href=" s" target="_blank"></a></strong>\n</em> \n<em><strong>If you have any questions\, please visit the <a href="https: //" target="_blank">Facebook event page</a></strong></em>\n<em><strong><a href=" ts/329150871446963" target="_blank"> </a></strong></em>\n<em><strong><a hr ef="" target="_blank"></a>< /strong></em>\n\nPresented as part of the <a href="https://www.jampilgrima" target="_blank">JAMPilgrimages Tadaima! Virtual Pilgrimage</a>\n \nWhen discussing the wartime incarceration sites\, we speak almost exclus ively of Japanese Americans. This works to erase the fact that there were also a significant number of individuals Okinawan descent who were incarce rated. While some Okinawans may prefer to identify as Japanese American\, this must be understood in a context where Okinawans were navigating anti- Asian racism from the United States government as well as anti-Okinawan ra cism from the larger Japanese community. The camps\, along with many other sites across time and space\, have been places where Okinawans have had t o fight double colonialism at the hands of both Japanese and American nati onalisms.\n\nAfter doing basic research I found that there was little to n o information about the experiences of Okinawans as a collective in the in carceration sites. This conversation will attempt to conjure our Okinawan ancestors and give space for them to live and breathe in their full comple xity - acknowledging this means navigating many omissions and silences.\n\ nFurthermore\, as Okinawans come to terms with their colonized status with in a Japanese context\, this ancestral strength might help us to better un derstand our personal complicity in the violent mechanisms of Japanese Ame rican settler colonialism that continue to impede on and do harm to the In digenous Nations upon which we have settled and developed our lives. How c an we use our stories to help us confront our ongoing role as settlers on this continent? How might we stand in better solidarity with the Indigenou s communities whose land we are actively colonizing?\n\nThis program will include poetry by Sho and a sanshin performance by Joseph Kamiya.\n\nPoste r by Joseph Kamiya featuring art by Okinawan Kibei-Nisei Hideo Kobashigawa \n\nFeaturing:\n\nJoseph Kamiya is a sanshin artist and fourth-generation Asian American with Ryūkyūan (Tamagusuku/Awase) and Japanese (Fukuoka) r oots.\n\nSho is a Yonsei writer and wanderer. His grandmother&rsquo\;s fam ily(⼭城)immigrated to the Los Angeles area from Taminato\, a villag e in the Yanbaru rainforest in northern Okinawa. His grandfather&rsquo\;s family(⽥中)emigrated from Buzen Shoe\, Fukuoka to Tlingit territory settling in Juneau\, Alaska. He believes that through sharing food and st ory we can work to heal legacies of violence that have accumulated within our collective body\, mind\, and spirit. DTSTAMP:20230925T065107Z SUMMARY:ONLINE: In Search of Incarcerated Okinawans : A Conversation On Dec olonizing Japanese America URL:/en/events/2020/08/15/online-in-search-of-incarcerated-okinawans-a-co/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR