Hai Sai! Welcome to my Blog.

Hello, my name is Tom Corrao and I am the blogger behind the Okinawaology Blog. I created this blog to share and discuss all things Okinawan. I’m also the Public Relations Officer and Minkan Taishi to the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai. My experience with Okinawa is derived from the time I spent there during the 1980's and 90's (10 years) when serving in the United States Air Force. I've also been married to an Okinawan woman for 30 years now and have been immersed in many things Okinawan through both friends and family. I do not claim to be all knowing about everything Okinawan but I try hard and study the history and culture. I welcome everyone that is interested in Okinawa and hope that I can provide useful information to those uchinanchu that may be curious about their culture and heritage. I also welcome those who are not of Okinawan heritage but have experienced, or are experiencing, the islands culture while stationed there with the United States Military. Comments are welcomed and will be published as long as they are in good taste and on track with the purpose of this blog. My hope with this blog is to bring Uchinanchu people around the world a little closer to their cultural roots by expressing information that has started to fade in light of a more modern world. We should never forget our culture or the people who came before us and through the Blog my intentions are to meld the old with the new and implant knowledge that will help maintain the traditions and culture of an island people.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Nuchi du Takara - Live is a Treasure

I have a friend in Northern California whose mother is Okinawan and whose Father is American. She is one of many children brought into the world as a result of Americas occupation of Okinawa after WWII. She is a recent Berkely University Graduate and has been working on grant to produce the following film. Here is the email I received from her recently.

Hey family and friends,
For the past 6 months or so, I have been working on a very short film project documenting the stories of Okinawan women in Northern California who survived the Battle of Okinawa with the support of a major grant. The film was co-produced by: Wesley Uenten, Keiko Yamanaka, Daisuke Miyake of Crosswater Productions, and myself. Our team of two prominent professors, a professional filmmaker, and myself collected many stories and whittled those many hours of interviewing down to 15 minutes to be put into a video for high school and college students in the US. It was a long and painful process (we wanted to include so many stories, angles, issues-- but they just wouldn't fit into the 15 min format required by the grant). The video is being shared temporarily on youtube (link below). I narrated the film and interviewed some of the women featured. It's still going through a few transformations (clarifying the narration) before it's made into the actual film to be distributed to schools and universities.

My mom and my auntie Aiko is shown at the very end in the form of a quick picture in the collage. I hope you all enjoy it. It's only 15 minutes. Please wait for the full length version after my return from Okinawa!



Well I asked and was granted permission to use the film on Youtube to coincide with my project site as Uchina Goodwill Ambassador. I hope you all enjoy it as it is a great piece of film to help future generations remember the horrors of war.

Here's the film

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