WWII saw band of brothers fighting on opposing sides

Jun 23, 2015

WWII saw band of brothers fighting on opposing sides

Seventy years ago, during the Battle of Okinawa, two brothers of Japanese descent ended up fighting on opposing sides — the elder as a soldier in the U.S. Army and the younger as a member of Japan’s student corps. Shinei Gima, 90, who now ...

American-Okinawan working to keep Ryukyu language alive

Jun 23, 2015

American-Okinawan working to keep Ryukyu language alive

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Byron Fija, who knows nothing about his American father and little about his Okinawan mother, now works to preserve Uchinaguchi, a native language in Okinawa, after having overcome an identity crisis. “Uchinaguchi comprises my identity itself,” said Fija, 45, who refers to himself as ...