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Blackness in Flux in Okinawa

Did the poster above throw you for a loop? It’s taken from a photo of the MLK memorial march in Okinawa, Japan during January 1972.  I think I will print and frame the photo for my podcast studio.

Via the Grits and Sushi blog, you will find information on what is sure to be a great event at the University of California Berkeley! Two black-Okinawan UC Berkeley graduate students will present some of their research findings and their works in progress on race, space, and US militarization in Okinawa. Their forum will also bring together several black- Japanese who will share their poetry, art, and other creative works which speak to blackness in flux in their own lives.

Here is the program line-up:

Program A: 4-4:45 pm, February 11, 2011
Mid-Year Grant Report
Ariko Ikehara: “Situating black- Amerasian Okinawans in mixed space/race history
Mitzi Uehara Carter: “Nappy Routes and Tangled Tales of Blackness in Okinawa

Program B: 5pm-6:30pm, February 11, 2011
Guest Performances

Click here for additional information!

– Presenters are co-recipients of the UC Center for New Racial Studies Grant 2010-11
– Event co-sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley

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