BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20080301T000000Z DTEND:20080301T000000Z DESCRIPTION:Join us for this special event\, the first in a new program ser ies presented by Discover Nikkei...\n\nIn October 2006\, over 4\,900 peopl e from around the world attended the 4th Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai Festi val in Okinawa to reconnect with their heritage and culture. The Center fo r Migration Studies at the University of the Ryukyus surveyed these partic ipants and will present their findings revealing how Okinawans connect bey ond the island borders.\n\nFREE with Museum admission. Light reception to follow.\n\n<strong>RSVP required to 213.625.0414 ext. 2227 or <a>rsvp@janm .org</a>. Limited spaces available\, so please reserve early!</strong>\n<s trong></strong>\n<strong>PROGRAM</strong>\n\nINTRODUCTION - Understanding the Nikkei experience through Uchinanchu global networks\n - Akemi Kikumur a-Yano (CEO\, Japanese American National Museum)\n\nPRESENTATION - Okinawa n Society beyond the networks: Survey Findings\nPresenters: Center for Mig ration Studies\, University of the Ryukyus\n- Hiroyuki Kinjo (Language and Cultural Studies)\n- Naomi Noiri (Sociology)\n- Kentar? Kuwatsuka (Human Geography)\n\nPANEL DISCUSSION - Opportunities and challenges for creating cultural exchange and dynamic connections \nModerator / Facilitator: Lane R. Hirabayashi (The George &amp\; Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair\, Asian Am erican Studies Department\, University of California at Los Angeles) \nPan elists: \n- Yuko Yamauchi (Okinawa Association of America\, Inc.)\n- Wesle y Ueunten\, (Asian American Studies Department\, College of Ethnic Studies \, San Francisco State University)\n- Hiroyuki Kinjo\, Naomi Noiri\, Kenta r? Kuwatsuka (University of the Ryukyus)\n\nQ &amp\; A SESSION\n<em>An Eng lish / Japanese translator will be on hand to assist with questions</em>\n \nCLOSING REMARKS - Lessons learned\n- Akemi Kikumura-Yano\n\n<strong>RECE PTION</strong>\nLight refreshments provided. Plus\, special cultural perfo rmances!\n\n<em>This program is organized by the Center for Migration Stud ies at the University of the Ryukyus and the Japanese American National Mu seum in collaboration with Lane R. Hirabayashi\, Aratani Endowed Chair\, A sian American Studies Department at University of California at Los Angele s and the Okinawa Association of America Inc.</em>\n<em>Photo by Naomi Noi ri</em> SUMMARY:Community Forum: Okinawans and Their Global Networks URL:/en/events/2008/03/01/community-forum-okinawans-and-their-global-networ / END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR