Edited by Lee A. Tonouchi, CHIBURU: Anthology of Hawai‘i Okinawan Literature brings together stories of an inspiring new wave of Okinawan storytellers and quintessential Uchinanchu writers into a singular publication. This compelling anthology advocates for recognition of the Okinawan American identity because, simply stated, Okinawans are not Japanese!
In the Okinawan language, Chiburu can mean “ a bottle gourd; a calabash”. Chiburu is also the Hawaii Creole word denoting Hawaii locals of Okinawan ancestry. This collective work is a literary letter of longing to the homeland, seeing to make connections with the past in a contemporary world. Most importantly, this book is a celebration of cultures, relationships, and the interconnectedness we all share as citizens in a calabash of humanity.