Shingi Kuniyoshi

Shingi Kuniyoshi was born in Naha, Okinawa.  He came to the US as a graduate student of geology at UCLA in 1962 and received MA and PhD degrees.  He worked for several departments of the US government for 32 years.  In 2007, he retired from the position of environmental program manager at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.  He was president of the OAA in 1997-98 and served for the newsletter, scholarship, history, and 90th anniversary celebration committees.

Updated August 2009

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About the Okinawa Association of America (OAA)

The Okinawa Association of America, Inc. (OAA) is a public benefit, charitable organization. Its mission is to promote the Okinawan culture, to assist in the social and educational benefit of the members, and to contribute to local and international cultural exchanges. Although the organization has changed its name, structure and mission to reflect the changing times, the basic goals of mutual aid and retention of Okinawan identity have remained the same for a century.


Records indicate that the first Okinawan arrived in North America in 1889. During the period between 1896-1900, the first Okinawan settlement was formed in San …

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