Iejima residents travel to South America to trace the history of emigration from the island
August 31, 2015 Yukito Kinjo, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo
In advance of the 6th World Uchinanchu Festival to be held in October of next year, a group of Ie residents traveled around various parts of South America from August 11 to 21 to meet with migrants who moved there from Ie after World War II. This was the first such trip by a group of residents of Ie Village.
The leader of the group was Tokusei Miyazato, superintendent of Ie’s board of education. The group comprised a total of eight people, including three junior high school students, who were chosen through a general application process. They traveled to Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina. There, Iijimanchu (people originating from of Ie Island) welcomed them, organizing gatherings for the visitors to interact with local Iijimanchu and their descendants. At these gatherings, the visitors learned about the history and culture of migrants from Ie to South America. The attached photographs capture the experience of the visitors from Ie in South America.
(Translation by T&CT and Sandi Aritza)
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