UCHINANCHU WORLDWIDE: STATE OF THE SPIRIT – A Perspective on Okinawans Worldwide and in the “Motherland” – Part 1 of 3
On December 2011, veteran Okinawa broadcaster Shinichi Maehara was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa—he was the first Okinawan to receive the degree.
During his career, Maehara visited Hawai‘i many times to interview Hawai‘i Uchinanchu for his documentary series, “Sekai no Uchinanchu” (“Worldwide Okinawans”), which he produced from 1987 to 2004. The degree noted Maehara’s contributions to the understanding of Okinawans worldwide.
Maehara also took time during his visit to run in the Honolulu Marathon and to share his insights on Okinawans worldwide in a talk at UH, the text of which we share with you. Maehara-san delivered his talk in Japanese—his comments were translated by Michael Lintaro McDermott.
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