Okinawa Essay Contest

Award Ceremony Information
We want to announce that the Okinawa Essay Contest is officially over! Thank you very much to everyone who participated. We were thrilled with the number of high-quality submissions that we received. The 3 winning essays and their authors were:

1st Place: “Passively Passing: Exploring Okinawan identity in the work of Yamanokuchi Baku” by Hilson Reidpath, PhD Student in Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

2nd Place: “Contesting Japanese Post-War Memory in Modern Okinawan Literature” by Christine Mari Inzer, Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies: Asia, University of Richmond

3rd Place: “The Okinawan Amerasian Identity—A Vanguard for Japanese Multinationals” by Nina Udagawa, Sophomore, major in International Affairs, George Washington University 


Congratulations to the winners! 

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, The Okinawa Prefectural Government and the George Washington University Libraries Okinawa Collection will hold an awards ceremony to recognize the 3 winners of the Essay Contest. Each of the winners will provide a brief presentation on their essays. The details of the awards ceremony are below.
  • Title: Okinawa Essay Contest Awards Ceremony Date: March 19, 2019
  • Time: 2:30 pm - 4 pm (doors open at 2pm)
  • Location: Room 702 in Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, George Washington University (2130 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052)