BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20220701T000000Z DTEND:20220701T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<strong><em>Virtual WWII Battle of Okinawa lecture hosted by Ga rdena’s Okinawa Association</em></strong>\n\nOn July 1 (Friday) at 7 p.m . Pacific Time\, the <strong>Okinawa Association of America (OAA)</strong> in Gardena\, California will host their annual <em>Irei no Hi:</em> Remem bering the Battle of Okinawa live on Zoom. <strong>A special guest lecture r from Okinawa\, Harumi Miyagi\, will talk about the forced mass civilian deaths on Zamami Island.</strong>\n\nThe event will be in Japanese with En glish subtitles for the presentation and live English translation for the Q&amp\;A. Admission is free but donations are very much appreciated. <stro ng>REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (Zoom link and phone number to be emailed): <a href="" target="_blank"> 2</a></strong>\n\nWorld War II’s Battle of Okinawa has been called one t he bloodiest land battles in the Pacific\, with historians calling it a “war of attrition” by the Imperial Japanese Army to prevent the U.S. m ilitary from reaching the Japanese mainland. The U.S. military landed in t he Kerama Islands (made up of Tokashiki\, Zamami\, and Kerama) on March 26 \, 1945. Okinawan survivors state that the mass civilian deaths that occur red during this time were coerced by the Imperial Japanese Army. In 2007\, Japan’s Ministry of Education ordered the incidents to be removed from high school textbooks. Guest lecturer <strong>Harumi Miyagi</strong> will talk about these horrific incidents based on her research and interviews w ith survivors.\n\n<strong>Harumi Miyagi</strong> is a historian\, lecturer \, and writer born in Zamami. She is currently the vice chairperson of the New Okinawa Prefectural History Editorial Committee (Shin Okinawa-ken-shi Henshū Iinkai) and chairperson of the Women’s History Subcommittee. As a lecturer\, she has spoken at Okinawa International University\, the Uni versity of the Ryūkyūs\, and the Prefectural Government office about wom en’s history and gender studies\, peace and human rights\, and the inher itance of <em>tootoomee</em> (Okinawan mortuary tablets). Her books includ e “What My Mother Left Behind: New Testimonies of Mass Suicide in Zamami Island\,” “Women’s History as a Minority” (co-authored)\, and “ Listen to the Damage of Sexual Violence” (co-authored).\n\nThis year mar ks the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa. In Okinawa\, a memorial day known as <em>Irei no Hi</em> (慰霊の日) is observed annually on Ju ne 23\, the date which was documented as the end of the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. The goal of the OAA's annual <em>Irei no Hi:</em> Remembering the Battle of Okinawa event is to memorialize the nearly 150\,000 lives that were lost during the war and post-war years and to inform the next generat ion about Okinawa’s history and current issues. \n\nThe <strong>Okinawa Association of America\, Inc. (OAA)</strong> is a public benefit\, charit able organization that is dedicated to preserving and promoting Okinawan c ulture. Formed by first generation Okinawan immigrants (issei)\, the OAA h as grown into a multi-generational organization that hosts numerous events throughout the year for the community (cultural lectures\, performances\, social gatherings)\, senior-focused activities\, and opportunities for yo uth/young adult members of Okinawan descent. 2019 marked the organization ’s 110th anniversary as well as the 20th anniversary of the OAA Center i n Gardena.\n\n<em>Ippee nifee deebiru</em> (thank you very much) to our co mmunity supporters <a href="" target="_blank" ><strong>Ichariba Choodee: An Okinawan Voices and Stories Podcast</strong> </a> and <strong><a href="" target="_blank" >Shimanchu nu Kwii Magazine</a></strong>. SUMMARY:Irei no Hi: Remembering the Battle of Okinawa (VIRTUAL LECTURE) URL:/en/events/2022/07/01/irei-no-hi-remembering-the-battle-of-okinawa-vir/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR