Workshop Announcement

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IDENTITY – LOOCHOO NU KWA: CHILDREN OF LOOCHOO
WORKSHOP ON OKINAWA’S MUSIC & DANCE CONNECTED TO HISTORY AND CULTURE

Date: August 25, 2007 (Saturday)
Place: JIKOEN HONGWANJI HALL
REGISTRATION: 4:30PM – 5:00PM
WORKSHOP: 5:00PM – 9:00PM

SUPPORTED IN PART BY YOUNG OKINAWANS OF HAWAI`I
FOR INFORMATION, CALL 292-8862 OR 294-9152
$5 donation at the door

Through this workshop, we hope to provide an understanding of the importance of music and dance in the history and culture of Okinawa. You will also hear the urgency to preserve and perpetuate the Ryukyuan legacy of tradition as presented by Norman Kaneshiro, Eric Wada, and the Ukwanshin Kabudan members who have just returned from an emotional visit to Okinawa. If you have ever wondered about what it is to be Okinawan, or how you can strengthen your identity, this presentation will help you to understand.

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  1. Garrett Kam

    Hi,
    This will be of interest to all of you, so please spread the word and come:

    BREEZES FROM LANDS BELOW THE WINDS IN THE RYUKYUS
    Southeast Asian Influences in Okinawan Culture
    Wednesday, 22 August 2007
    3:30-4:30 pm
    Tokioka Room, Moore Hall 319
    University of Hawai’i at Manoa
    1890 East-West Road

    Between the 14th and 16th centuries, the Ryukyu Kingdom was the main trade link between East and Southeast Asia, even transporting goods from South Asia to China and Japan. The impact of these early contacts with Java, Thailand, Laos and Malaysia still appear today in various aspects of Okinawan culture, especially textiles, dance, music and language.

    This talk will cover the history of Ryukyuan contacts with the “Lands Below the Winds”, the places that the monsoon blew its ships down to. Through a variety of visual and audio examples, it will show how Okinawa absorbed and transformed cultural influences from Southeast Asia.

    The presenter is Garrett Kam, who was born in Hawaii but has been living in Southeast Asia for over 20 years, especially on Java and Bali where he has immersed himself in their cultures. He has also studied Okinawan dance and music. With a bachelor’s degree in Textiles and Asian Art History (UHM 1976), and a master’s degree in Southeast Asian History and Asian Theatre (Asian Studies 1987), he has a wide range of overlapping interests. His major publication “Ramayana in the Arts of Asia” covered literary, artistic and performance aspects of the epic wherever it appears.

    Sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies and the Center for Japanese Studies

    Regards,
    Garrett

    (Will be possible to do it again for the greater Okinawan community. I’m in Honolulu until 5 September.)

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