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The Result of Okinawa Essay Contest

The Okinawa Prefectural Government and the George Washington University Okinawa Collection jointly held Okinawa Essay Contest to create an opportunity to research/study on Okinawan culture, economics, history, politics, and society, including U.S. military base issues on Okinawa, and to foster the understanding of challenges that Okinawa is facing.

We began accepting applications in August 2018 and received 10 essays. Eligible applicants were undergraduate or graduate students or alumni of universities in the District of Columbia, the state of Maryland, Virginia, or Hawaii.

The essays of three winners are posted here.
Congratulations to the winners.

Lastly, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to the contest, especially the George Washington University, the Center for Okinawan Studies and the Okinawa Collection at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Prof. Mike Mochizuki, and the contest judges.

Winners and the Title of their Essays

1st Place
Hilson Glen Reidpath – University of Hawai’I at Manoa
“Passively Passing : Exploring Okinawan Identity in the Work of Yamanokuchi Baku”
2nd Place
Christine Mari Inzer – University of Richmond
“Contesting Japanese Post-War Memory in Modern Okinawan Literature”
3rd Place
Nina Utagawa – George Washington University
“The Okinawan Amerasian Identity – A Vanguard for Japanese Multinationals”