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Bringing Okinawa Home: Cultural Lecture & Performance
Okinawa Association of America (OAA)
Gardena, CA
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May 19, 2018 1:00 PM
Doors open at 12:30 p.m.



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Children (Ages 10 & Under) Free Sales Ended
Middle/High School Students $5.00 Sales Ended
Student I.D. required at event check-in
Adults (OAA Members) $7.00 Sales Ended
Membership status will be verified by the OAA office
Adults (General Public) $12.00 Sales Ended
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Bringing Okinawa Home: Cultural Lecture & Performance
The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) in Gardena will host a cultural lecture and traditional music performance on Saturday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. The event will be led by two dynamic guest speakers/musicians from Hawaii, Eric Wada and Norman Kaneshiro.

Titled "Bringing Okinawa Home," the goal of this event is to promote a deeper appreciation of Okinawa. Wada and Kaneshiro will explore Okinawan identity and values through the traditional customs, native languages, and music. For attendees who are of Okinawan descent, the aim is to consider ways to embrace cultural heritage in daily life so that it can be passed to the next generation.

Wada's lecture will examine the annual customs that are observed in Okinawa. These include Shiimii and Obon, two family gatherings that take place at the family tomb (ohaka) and ancestral home (muutuya), respectively. His presentation will include explanations of each tradition, the Lunar calendar dates of observation, and ways to normalize them.

Kaneshiro's performance will be a mix of traditional Ryukyuan songs and storytelling. Titled "Mimi-gusui: Life Sustenance Through the Ears," the performance will emphasize Okinawan values and language, and how the ancestors used music to teach these things to the following generations. Kaneshiro will be playing the sanshin, a traditional 3-stringed lute that is recognized for its snakeskin covering and rustic sound.

"Wada and Kaneshiro are fantastic lecturers who are not only knowledgeable on a vast range of Okinawan topics, but they also inspire audiences to dig deeper and learn more," event chairperson Joseph Kamiya remarked. "And as musicians, they contextualize the traditional songs in a way that helps you to really connect with the music, even if you don't understand the language."

Wada and Kaneshiro are Hawaii-born, fourth-generation Okinawans and have studied extensively in Okinawa. They organize yearly lectures, classes, performances, and Okinawa study tours through their Hawaii-based non-profit organization, Ukwanshin Kabudan. In 2015, they founded the annual LooChoo (Ryukyu) Identity Summit, a three-day conference focusing on language revitalization and sustaining cultural heritage. They were panelists for a Ryukyuan languages symposium at the 2016 Worldwide Uchinaanchu Festival/Taikai in Okinawa and will be featured in an upcoming documentary on the same topic.

The presentations will be in English. Explanations and subtitles will be provided for the traditional songs. Due to limited space and parking, please register by May 18 to guaranteed a seat. Admission is free for children (ages 10 and under), $5 for middle/high school students (I.D. required at event check-in), $7 for adult OAA members, and $12 for the general public.

The OAA is located at 16500 South Western Avenue in Gardena (the event will take place in the Yamauchi Building). The OAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving and promoting Okinawan culture. They host numerous events throughout the year including cultural lectures, performances, social gatherings, and senior-focused activities.

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Okinawa Association of America (OAA) (View)
16500 South Western Avenue
Gardena, CA 90247
United States

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Arts > Performance
Education > Workshops
Music > All Ages
Music > Folk
Music > World
Other > Family-Friendly

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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