Interns from Kin Town meet descendants of migrants to South and North America

Interns from Kin Town meet descendants of migrants to South and North America

Interns from Kin Town, from the front left, Muneaki Gakiya, Tomoyo Ajifu and from the rear left, Yuko Yamauchi, Chogi Higa, Helene Shimane and Edward Kamiya from the Okinawa Kenjinkai.


March 18, 2013 Sadao Tome, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Kin Municipal Office invited descendants of migrants from Kin Town as an internship program for them since 17 years ago. Three years ago, the municipal office began to send interns from the Kin community to locations abroad. On February 8, members of the Youth Overseas Dispatch Program Muneaki Gakiya and Tomoyo Ajifu visited the Okinawa Association of America. They have finished an internship experience of nine days in Brazil, five days in Argentine, nine days in Bolivia, four days in Peru and in Los Angeles.

Their goal is to interact with descendants of migrants living in foreign countries. Upon their return to Okinawa, they will give a report about their experience at a meeting attended by members of the Youth Association and the Commerce and Industry Association. In Los Angeles, they observed a soilless farming facility owned by Kanji Yasutomi, met with members of the Okinawa Association of America, and visited the Japanese American National Museum to learn about the history of Japanese immigrants.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)

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