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Afro-Okinawan Dialogues | Part 1 : Black-Okinawan Identity

September 27, 2020 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) in Gardena, California is a cultural organization that was founded by immigrants and finds strength in inclusivity and in its diverse membership. In June, they published a statement expressing solidarity with marginalized communities against racism and injustice. Their new online series, “Afro-Okinawan Dialogues,” is a step towards addressing discrimination within their own communities and to create platforms for voices that are too often excluded

“Afro-Okinawan Dialogues” is being organized by a group of young Okinawans who have been active in the OAA. These will be safe, supportive community spaces for sharing and listening, so audience members are asked to please be considerate and compassionate.


Hosted by the Okinawa Association of America, this interactive discussion series will provide a platform to yuntaku (talk story) in a space that centers Black/African descended peoples and their experiences within the Okinawan community. Acknowledging that Japan, Okinawa and the United States each have their own unique forms of anti-Black racism, OAA hopes that these dialogues will provide a space to challenge stereotypes and diversify our understanding of Blackness in Okinawa and the Okinawan diaspora. Each dialogue will be discussion based and feature a Q&A with artists, activists, academics and community members whose work exists at the intersections of Black and Okinawan community issues. Potential topics discussed may include understanding mixed race politics, dismantling anti-Black racism and celebrating Black/Okinawan art forms.

Liva via Zoom video software/app

(The Zoom presentation link will be sent to you)


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