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Lima, Peru - Chinese and Okinawans are hosting an upcoming online event discussing China - Okinawa relations.
The event is titled "Fujian and Okinawa: A Connection Through Centuries." It is being hosted by Tusanaje, a Chinese cultural organization based in Peru. The event will be streamed live on Tusanaje's Facebook page on October 30 at 8 pm Peru time.
The speakers include Zhen Han, Natsuki Teruya, Jose Feliciano Nishikawa, and Robert Fija Kajiwara, with music by Keisuke Nishihara.
"An Introduction to Fujian Culture (Zhen Han)."
Zhen Han (Maya) is professional Chinese language teacher for overseas students. Graduated from
Nankai University (MA), worked in Xiamen University, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Germany, the UK and Malta
under the Sinology Faculty or Confucius Institute. Her Hobbies are reading, dance, painting, traveling etc.
"A review of Okinawa Culture (Natsuki Teruya)."
Natsuki Teruya is originally from Okinawa. She earned a Master of Musicology degree in Kyoto City University of Arts, and was a PhD candidate in the same university until 2017. Her main resarch topic includes
Okinawan music and its relationship with peace. Her main instruments include piano, vocal, and Sanshin.
Currently she is the director of Piano Terakoya in Osaka.
"An Uchinanchu Journey across Beijing and Fuzhou (Jose Feliciano Nishikawa)"
Jose Feliciano Nishikawa is an Uchinanchu from Peru. MBA from China Europe International Business School in China. Postgraduate studies at University of Michigan and Chinese studies at Peking University. Recognized as
a Young Sinologist by the Ministry of Culture of the People´s Republic of China and the Chinese
Academy of Social Sciences.
"The China/Fujian - Okinawa relationship (Robert Fija Kajiwara)"
Robert Fija Kajiwara is an Uchinanchu musician, activist, and scholar based in Okinawa City. He is
founder and president of the Peace For Okinawa Coalition, a non-profit organization led by millennial
Uchinanchu in order to promote Okinawan culture, history, languages, and rights. He has a BA in History
from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a MA in History from University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a
PhD ABD in History from Manchester Metropolitan University. Since 2019 he has represented Luchuans / Okinawans at the United Nations.
Music will be provided by the Okinawan musician Keisuke Nishihara.