20 episodes

Discussions on Okinawa/Loochoo identity, culture, history and language connected with the journey to normalize identity and connect with other native/indigenous peoples who share similar stories.

Loochoo nu Kwa Podcast Eric

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Discussions on Okinawa/Loochoo identity, culture, history and language connected with the journey to normalize identity and connect with other native/indigenous peoples who share similar stories.

    Responsibility to Place

    Responsibility to Place

    In this episode I talk with Ryan Ueunten whose journey to connect and take on the responsibility to help take care of the place he lives in while supporting and honoring the host people and culture of Hawaiʻi.  Ryan exemplifies the Okinawan values of our ancestors through his work and continued learning. 

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Naaka: Relationships

    Naaka: Relationships

    "Njoo nu naaka, chaa natoibiigaya? "  "How is your relationships?"  
    "Naaka" is the Uchinaaguchi word for "relationships".  However, how much do we recognize or understand "relashionships" when it comes to who we are as indigenous Shimanchu?  How broad is our lens and what does it include?
    In relating to the relationships ad responsibilities we have inherited, this episode shares somethings to think about to help to broaden the perspective of "Relationships/ Naaka" to help strengthen that foundation of who we are.

    • 38 min
    Njun, Chichun: To Look and Listen

    Njun, Chichun: To Look and Listen

    These days we are surrounded and impacted by convenience.  How much do we understand and see our Loochooan/Okinawan identity?  By looking and listening...being more sensitive and connected to our ancestral lens and indigenous perspective, we can see and understand deeper about who we are and where we come from.  We just need to re-establish that indigenous perspective to see and hear through our ancestorsʻ eyes and ears.

    • 41 min
    Irei no Hi

    Irei no Hi

    Looking at Irei no Hi for us today and what it means.  The Memorial Day in Okinawa is observed each year on June 23.  We remember and pray for all victims of the war, especially our ancestors who were brutally sacrificed and whose memories live on today.  Survivors have shared their stories, but what is being done to make sure that these things never happen again?  Do we separate ourselves as diaspora or from the history and just take it in as a story?  The war continues in Okinawa with the US military occupation, Japanʻs continual forcing of the US and Japanese military burden, and discrimination.

    • 40 min
    Reclaiming Our Voice

    Reclaiming Our Voice

    Exciting and interesting discussion with Tatsuki Kohatsu who is a student from Okinawa studying at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa.  He talks about his experiences during his interviews for research when working on his Masters thesis and also talks about the essential connection to place as Shimanchu.  He is one of the young up and coming warriors who is reclaiming voice for Okinawa.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Sanshin in the soul: Filling in the Void

    Sanshin in the soul: Filling in the Void

    In this episode, Keith Nakaganeku Shinshii talks story with us about his experience and connection to uta sanshin.  Keith grew up with sanshin in his family through his grandfather, who was a well known sanshin instructor.  His grandmother played kutu and also helped to support Keith in his journey through uta sanshin.  Listen also as Keith talks about a void he had in his life and how he discovered what it was.

    • 1 hr 52 min

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