Lesley Chinen

Lesley Chinen é uma fotojornalista freelancer e cineasta que mora em Los Angeles, Califórnia. Ela atualmente trabalha para as emissoras de televisão KCBS, KCAL e KTLA.

Atualizado em abril de 2008

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CONHECENDO OS "PRIMOS" CUBANCHUS - Os Uchinanchus de Todo o Mundo Juntam-se aos Okinawanos de Cuba para Comemorar Seu Centenário

Nosso pequeno grupo embarcou no vôo partindo de Los Angeles com muitas expectativas sobre o que nos aguardava no nosso destino final. Nós sete nos chamamos de "Choode (Irmãos e Irmãs) Sem Fronteiras", e estávamos viajando para visitar os cubanchus -- cubanos okinawanos -- que estavam comemorando o aniversário de 100 anos da chegada dos primeiros okinawanos a Cuba.

O primeiro imigrante okinawano cadastrado a chegar em Cuba foi um homem chamado Masaru Miyagi. Seus dados indicam que ele veio de Shioya, Ogimi-son, na região norte de Okinawa. Miyagi desembarcou em Havana em 1907 ...

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On Saturday, our last full day on Isla de la Juventud, we returned to the movie theater in the morning where a kenjinkai “show and tell” of sorts had been planned. It was an opportunity for the delegations to talk about their respective kenjinkai and the kinds of activities and classes they hold to keep the Uchinä spirit alive. The main idea was to show the Cubanchu how they could organize the same types of activities.

Early on, our delegation had decided to present the video greetings I had gathered to show the diversity among the North American ...

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ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD

On our third day in Cuba, we boarded a chartered plane to Isla de la Juventud, where the commemoration activities were to be held. The flight was less than 45 minutes long.

Isla de la Juventud, or Island of Youth, is located 62 miles south of mainland Cuba and is approximately 1,170 square miles. The name of the island has changed several times, from Treasure Island to Island of Parrots to Isla de Pinos (Island of Pines). Cubans say that Nikkei named it Isla de Pinos after its Japanese translation, matsu (pine) shima ...

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HAVANA

We arrived at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana in the late afternoon of Oct. 23. As we exited the terminal, we were greeted by a welcoming committee carrying the flags of Okinawa prefecture and Cuba. Their faces were filled with smiles and they carried a banner that read in part: “Ichariba chode chimi churasa” — Okinawan for “Once we meet we are brothers and sisters. Beautiful spirits.” “Cuba e youkosou” — Japanese for “Welcome to Cuba.”

We were introduced to Antonio Yohena, president of the Cuba Okinawa Association, and members of the Mexico delegation who helped plan the ...

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