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Old 04-18-2014, 09:06 PM
 
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Genetic kinship found between Ainu and native Okinawans - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Here is a link. I have never seen Ainu people in my life. So, I don't even know who they are. I think they struggle much more to keep their culture alive.

Yeah, a lot of people think I am Thai, Malaysian, or Hong Kongese or something when I went to the States.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Genetic kinship found between Ainu and native Okinawans - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Here is a link. I have never seen Ainu people in my life. So, I don't even know who they are. I think they struggle much more to keep their culture alive.

Yeah, a lot of people think I am Thai, Malaysian, or Hong Kongese or something when I went to the States.
Ah yes, an earlier migration from Japan to the islands might be an explanation.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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The Liu Qiu islands are a sovereign and independent kingdom long before it was annexed by japan in the late 1800's. If you support tibetan independence, then you certainly should support the Ryukyu or Liu Qiu independence.
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Old 03-26-2015, 10:09 AM
 
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I think some Japanese hate Koreans, Chinese and Dutch more and don't have time to think about Okinawans much.
The inclusion of "Dutch" seems random but I'd love to hear the reason. Maybe I should Google it.
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Old 03-26-2015, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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The inclusion of "Dutch" seems random but I'd love to hear the reason. Maybe I should Google it.
This is the first time I've ever heard about any feud between the Netherlands and Japan, too. Lol.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:59 AM
 
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This is the first time I've ever heard about any feud between the Netherlands and Japan, too. Lol.
Well, my significant other is a Dutch guy so I might need to rethink a vacation in Japan!
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:35 PM
 
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I understand Okinawan are a different group of people from the rest of Japanese.
How different? Do they regard themselves as a different group?
I understand most Okinawan nowadays speak mainly Japanese?
How much is Okinawan language is use?
How many Okinawans are intermarried with the Japanese?
What is the percentage of indigenous inhabitants, mixed Okinawans and Japanese in Okinawa?

Quite an interesting place with many islands and warm weather, and I know it is not too right to regard Okinawan as the same as Japanese
Totally different from the rest of japan. The Kingdom of Ryukyu or Liu Qiu was its real name before it was annexed by the japanese. It has its own culture and history, and it's far closer culturally to China than japan.

China's goal is not just to take back the Diao Yus, but to help the Liu Qius become independent again.
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Old 03-28-2015, 12:56 PM
 
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Very few people identitfy themselves as Ainu nowadays, there is a high level of assimilation into mainstream Japanese society.

How strong is the Okinawan identity compared with the Taiwanese Aboriginal identity or Scottish identity in the UK?
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Genetic kinship found between Ainu and native Okinawans - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Here is a link. I have never seen Ainu people in my life. So, I don't even know who they are. I think they struggle much more to keep their culture alive.

Yeah, a lot of people think I am Thai, Malaysian, or Hong Kongese or something when I went to the States.
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Old 03-28-2015, 02:42 PM
 
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Without reading all of the posts, I've got to say that as an American who spent 3 1/2 years living in Okinawa I've developed these ideas:

1. Okinawa is much different from Japan
2. The people are Okinawan and NOT Japanese
3. The linguistics is of an Austronesian and is pretty unique to Asia
4. They are the kindest and most gentle people I've ever met (37 countries and counting)
5. The food is less Asian and more Pacific than their countrymen
6. It is the number on place that I desire to retire to, followed by the Philippines and Nicaragua

Sorry I didn't contribute much other than my opinion.

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Old 07-29-2015, 10:07 PM
 
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Hi, this conversation is fascinating! I am staying with a friend in Okinawa (she's in the Navy). This is my first time ever put of the USA, so I'm doing lots of comparing of cultures and noticing of differences, but it's weird because technically I'm in Japan, but I know that mainland Japan is probably pretty different from where I am. Tikto offered some really interesting info about the relationship between Okinawa and Japan, but since I've never been to the main Japanese island, I have nothing to compare Okinawa to. I'm still curious about other differences.

Okinawa is smaller than Tokyo, correct? So I'm sure there are differences based on size, but what about city life, transit system, work ethic, technology? Is Okinawa the neglected step-sister? Is it poorer than other cities in Japan? How is the culture different? Someone mentioned matriarchal.
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