November 1 has been declared Ryukyu History & Culture Day by the Okinawa Prefectural Government. The celebration this year was largely overshadowed by the recent elections, however, the promotion of history and culture is always important.
For generations the United States and Japan have oppressed Ryukyuans / Okinawans, preventing us from teaching our history, culture, and languages in schools. As a result, all of these things are in danger of dying out.
The United Nations recognizes Ryukyuans / Okinawans as the Indigenous peoples of the Ryukyu Islands. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples guarantees Indigenous peoples the right to teach our culture, history, and language in schools and media.
The international community must act immediately to help protect Ryukyuans from U.S. and Japanese aggression. Please contact us if you are interested in assisting.