Resource: Okinawa Collection at GWU

The George Washington University in Washington DC recently became (as far as I know) the second major university in the United States, and the first on the US mainland, to establish a separate Okinawa Collection within the university libraries.

Since its establishment in 2015, the Okinawa Collection has, of course, only continued to grow, under the expert guidance of Japan/Okinawa specialist librarian Mitsuyo Sato. It includes a wide range of materials and resources, both hardcopy and digital, on topics ranging from the history of the pre-annexation Ryukyu Kingdom to more modern political, economic, and social matters.

The Okinawa Collection’s website includes a number of research guides on specific topics or themes within Okinawan Studies, a list of Okinawa-related institutions and organizations around the world, and a page for the Collection’s own news & events.

But the real resource is not the website so much as the Collection itself, if you have the opportunity to visit in person in DC!

About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I am currently working on how cultural and political realities were produced and maintained through diplomatic ritual performance in Luchuan (Okinawan) embassies to the Tokugawa shogunate.
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