Hai Sai! Welcome to my Blog.
Hello, my name is Tom Corrao and I am the blogger behind the Okinawaology Blog. I created this blog to share and discuss all things Okinawan. I’m also the Public Relations Officer and Minkan Taishi to the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai. My experience with Okinawa is derived from the time I spent there during the 1980's and 90's (10 years) when serving in the United States Air Force. I've also been married to an Okinawan woman for 30 years now and have been immersed in many things Okinawan through both friends and family. I do not claim to be all knowing about everything Okinawan but I try hard and study the history and culture. I welcome everyone that is interested in Okinawa and hope that I can provide useful information to those uchinanchu that may be curious about their culture and heritage. I also welcome those who are not of Okinawan heritage but have experienced, or are experiencing, the islands culture while stationed there with the United States Military. Comments are welcomed and will be published as long as they are in good taste and on track with the purpose of this blog. My hope with this blog is to bring Uchinanchu people around the world a little closer to their cultural roots by expressing information that has started to fade in light of a more modern world. We should never forget our culture or the people who came before us and through the Blog my intentions are to meld the old with the new and implant knowledge that will help maintain the traditions and culture of an island people.
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Yujiro Uza, 4th Dan, Beikoku Shido-kan Karate
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Contact the Dojo at: Yin Yang Do Karate
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This article provides an excellent insight into the lives of many people Uchinanchu people. I have lived this life also from the time I was twenty years old. I'm sure many relationships in Okinawa start out with couples being drawn in by the attraction of having a foriegn boyfriend or girlfriend. Someone exotic and not the norm for the person's particular culture.
Relationships often times lead to love but many times in intercultural relationships the attraction can be one sided. I believe for American servicemen many enter into relationships believing that if it doesn't work out thay can simply get divorced. Something that in American culture seems to be a normal progression in many relationships.
What people do not realize is that Intercultural marriage takes a lot of cooperation for success. People by nature do not simply give up their cultural heritage and adopt that of another completely different society. I speak from experience (28 years) it takes a lot of give and take to make things work. Tolerence and compassion for the feelings of your spouse are high on the list if you want things to work.
My wife and I have three kids that were brought up in this milticultural relationship and I know that sometimes things were rough for them. Personal identity however is not determined by ones racial composition but rather by the character of the person.
Described as "Ha-fu" in not necessarily a bad thing although in Japan there is a stigma to not being associated as 100% Japanese. I believe that half Japanese and half American children are some of the best looking people I know and should be proud that they possess the best traits of two great cultures. Here is a video I found on You Tube about it. Let's hear what you think!