Peace Museum exhibits ‘Hawaii’s Uchinanchu and the Battle of Okinawa’

Peace Museum exhibits 'Hawaii's <em>Uchinanchu</em> and the Battle of Okinawa'

On October 10, many people visited the exhibition "Hawaii's Uchinanchu and the Battle of Okinawa" at the Okinawa Peace Memorial Museum at Mabuni, Itoman.

October 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Peace Memorial Museum is running a special exhibition called “The war and Okinawa through the eyes of Hawaii’s Uchinanchu” from October 10 to December 11. Admission is free. It displays 189 materials such as documents showing how Japanese immigrants in Hawaii were involved with Okinawa before and after the war.

The display items include new video footage including a documentary film about people of Okinawan descent sending goats as food aid to Okinawa after the war. There are also video recordings of interview testimony by Takejiro Higa and Shinei Gima who had been drafted by the U.S. military and took part in the Battle of Okinawa as interpreter soldiers. At the opening ceremony Museum Curator Miwako Ueyonahara said, “Through Uchinanchu working hard during and after the war, we want visitors to sense human dignity and a desire for peace that transcends national borders. They fought against the motherland during the war and then supported the Okinawan people after the war.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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