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GLOCOL Seminar #113 -- "Uchinaanchu transnational network -- a multi-sited ethnography"

2014-6-17 (Tue) 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This seminar will be conducted in English. Unfortunately, translation/interpretation will not be provided.

Lecturer: Yoko Nitahara Souza, GLOCOL Research Fellow

Ms. Souza is a doctor's candidate at Universidade de Brasília (Anthropology) SEE - GDF (State Secretary of Education - Government of Distrito Federal). She is conducting research on "Okinawa Citizens' Transnational Network"


Reflections on a multi-sited ethnography seeking to understand the process of construction of the Transnational Okinawan network.

I will provide a narrative about the multi-sited ethnography (Brazil, US, Japan) about the building of the Uchinaanchu Transnational Network. The Uchinaanchu are a cultural and ethnically distinct group, with past history of political independence. The process of diaspora began in 1899, initially to Hawaii twenty years after the annexation to Japan under the name of Okinawa ken (province) occurred in 1978.

I could observe in a multi-sited ethnographic field research that the Uchinaanchu global community building a network by means so vivid and intense flux of people, information and friendship, which crosses oceans and continents through so many countries. Such network are built due to an intense, planed, oriented, intentional and directional effort in connect an Fluid fabric of relationships and friendships by means what they called "The Uchinaanchu Spirit".

Date: 2014-6-17 (Tue) 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL), Osaka University; Mix Roots Japan
Venue: Center Head's Office, GLOCOL, Suita campus
Registration: Not necessary.
Contact: Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University

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