Finding Okinawa: Conversations with Three Artists


An example of Sansei illustrator Flor Kaneshiro’s work.


GARDENA — On Sunday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m., the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) in Gardena will host “Finding Okinawa,” a mini-symposium featuring conversations with three artists of Okinawan descent: author/playwright Jon Shirota from Hawaii, local filmmaker/educator Gena Hamamoto, and illustrator Flor Kaneshiro from Argentina.

In addition to talking about their work, they will touch upon their experiences as third- and fourth-generation Okinawans and how their identity inspired certain projects.

The event’s title reflects the journey that many Okinawan descendants have in the search for their familial roots and cultural identity. The event also aims to explore the power of art and the importance of ethnic representation in creative fields.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for a mini-exhibit featuring Kaneshiro’s illustrations.

Due to limited space, reservation is required by Friday, Jan. 25. Admission is $5 for the general public, free for current OAA members and children ages 10 and under (donations are appreciated).