Southern Alberta Okinawan diaspora (1907-present): the kika nisei journey of Naoko Shimabukuro

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Tamayose, Darcy Jaye
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of History
In 1907 a group of 152 Okinawans came to Canada as a labour diaspora marked for the Canadian Pacific Railway. This would be the largest group from Okinawa to enter the country for in 1908 the Hayashi-Lemieux Agreement would restrict immigration from Japan. This thesis examines the kika nisei journey of Naoko Shimabukuro whose grandfather was one of those Okinawan migrants who came to settle in southern Alberta. Through Naoko’s lens the research will address this lesser-studied experience within Okinawan diasporic scholarship and fill a lacuna that exists in the experiential representation specific to this prairie region of Canada. I investigate and contribute to Okinawan Canadian research through: 1) connection between the geographies of southern Alberta and Hamahiga Island; 2) Naoko’s eye witness account of the Battle of Okinawa during the prewar, wartime, and postwar periods; and 3) Canadian sansei self-reflexive exploration of generational cultural transference and related critical thought.
Okinawan Canadian research
kika nisei , Okinawan diaspora , Ryukyuans , immigrants to southern Alberta , Battle of Okinawa , Hamahiga Island , eyewitness account of war , childhood experience of war , Shimabukuro Tamayose, Naoka, 1935- -- Interviews , Shimabukuro Tamayose, Naoka, 1935- -- Biography , Ryukyuans -- Alberta, Southern -- History , Ryukyuans -- Alberta, Southern -- Biography , Ryukyuan Islands -- Emigration and immigration , Japanese Canadians -- Alberta, Southern -- History , Japanese diaspora , Immigrants -- Alberta, Southern -- History , Japan -- Emigration and immigration -- History , Alberta -- Emigration and immigration -- History , World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan -- Okinawa Island , Japanese Canadian women -- Biography , Children of immigrants -- Alberta, Southern -- History , Dissertations, Academic