By Rob Kajiwara
Rob Kajiwara is an Indigenous Luchuan (Okinawan / Uchinanchu) activist, scholar, and musician based in Okinawa City. He is president of the Peace For Okinawa Coalition dedicated to promoting Luchuan culture, history, languages, and rights. In 2018-19 Kajiwara petitioned to stop the illegal construction of the U.S. military base at Henoko, Okinawa receiving over 212,000 signatures. Since then he has frequently spoken at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland as a representative for Luchu / Okinawan rights and independence. He has a BA in History from University of Hawaii at Manoa, a MA in History from University of Nebraska at Kearney, and PhD ABD from Manchester Metropolitan University.