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History Committee

The History Committee is committed to preserving and documenting the history and legacy of the Okinawa Association of America Inc. and its members. The Committee also helps to expand the OAA and it's outreach efforts to preserve and promote Okinawan culture.

Significant Accomplishments

  1. Publishing of the “HISTORY OF THE OKINAWANS IN NORTH AMERICA” in 1980. The History Committee began compiling this 600 pages volume on the Okinawan Community in 1968. The late Shingi Nakamura chaired the History Committee until 1978 and subsequently the committee was co-chaired by the late Shinsei Kouchi, the late Shigemori Tamaki, and Tsugio Miyashiro with the late Takashi Higa as secretary for the Japanese language version. Ben Kobashigawa, a professor at San Francisco State University, translated the book into English.

    Japanese $ 20.00

    English $ 25.00

    Available for purchase at: Okinawa Association of America Inc. Center, 16500 South Western Avenue, Suite #203, Gardena, CA 90247.

  2. Purchasing of the Okinawa Association of America’s new building in Gardena in 1999, with its establishment as a corporate and activity center. This is the most important accomplishment in the history of the Okinawa Association of America. After celebrating the one-year anniversary of the building purchase in August, 2000, two adjacent buildings were purchased. Please join us in our fundraising pledge drive in the near future! (Please see more details about our new buildings in the Building Committee page)

  3. Publishing of the Okinawa Association of America website. With this new information technology, members and viewers can find out about the Okinawa Association of America’s history, information about the different committees, Board of Directors, Officers, Chairpersons, Calendar of Events, Okinawans across the U.S. and around the world.

    Original Okinawa Association of America Website Officers

    Sadao Tome: Director, Initiated Leader
    Ryan Yokota: Designer, Manager, and Operator for the Server
    Vicky Oshiro: Procured the Website Name
    Jeff and Helene Shimane: Layout
    Allyson Nakamoto: Coordinator
    Special Thanks to the Little Tokyo Service Center for Web-Hosting Services
    Website Editors are mostly the Committee Chairpersons. Dr. Shingi Kuniyoshi and Mrs. Aiko Tokunaga especially contributed in the editing.


Upcoming Projects

  1. History Book II
    Interviews have begun for Okinawan Americans who were born in Hawaii and those born in Latin America who immigrated to the U.S.


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