21 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.

    Youth Riot in Okinawa: The Hurt is Real

    Youth Riot in Okinawa: The Hurt is Real

    The youth riots in Okinawa on Thursday night sparked immediate condemnation from local communities and racial and hate speeches from mainland Japanese towards the youths who participated in the rare type of uprising.  For the country of Japan as a whole, this incident is almost unheard of, which made it hit national news in Japan.   While Japanese newspapers filled headlines with subtle accusations and stories lacking facts, Okinawa media have been quick to question the police authorities who have not been releasing information about the incident or the cause.
    As continued subjugation of Loochoo/Okinawa continues, so does the drop out rates, less than standard educational scores, increased single parent families, increase in local crime, economy that is forced to be dependent on hosting US and Japanese military. and democratic voice being stifled by the Japanese governments heavy hand for itʻs colonial agendas.
    This discussion looks at Thursdays incident with a lens that sees underlying disparities that have built up throughout Okinawaʻs history from the illegal annexation and overthrow of 1879, to the banning of local languages, assimilation policies, WWII and American occupation, and the "reversion" back to Japanese control.  These connect to the similarities of other colonized indigenous communities as we see and realize parallels in which we can also find strength and empowerment when we support each other, and in Okinawaʻs situation, help to open their eyes and minds to looking at the underlying problems which have festered and led to this kind of incident.......not to be condemned, but to begin asking questions, assessing, and finding ways to face the problems instead of ignoring or forcing handicaps to be in line with the norm.  This is a very difficult discussion, but I believe itʻs one that needs to be continued.  
    Ippee Nifeedeebiru for listening.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    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

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