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Fulbright-Hays Scholar Ryan Buyco

Ryan Buyco
In 2016, Ryan Buyco was awarded the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to pursue research in the Phillipines. He is currently writing his dissertation.
His dissertation project focuses on the historical and ongoing entanglements between Okinawa, the Philippines, and Hawai’i through the lens of transpacific Okinawan writings.  Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Okinawans migrated and settled in disparate places throughout the world.  Drawing broadly from scholarship in Asian Studies and Asian American Studies, his dissertation engages Okinawan diasporic narratives in the Philippines and Hawai’i to think through contemporary colonialism and resistance today. 
 

"Doing research in Okinawa and the Philippines as a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellow was an enriching experience. One of the most meaningful experiences for me was meeting Okinawan-Filipinos in the Philippines and learning about their family histories." One of the photos featured is a statue of Toyama Kyuzo in the town of Kin, Okinawa. He is considered to be the father of Okinawan emmigration. There is a poem here that translates as: "Let's go! Our home will be the five continents." This is reflective of the Prefecture's history of migration in the twentieth century, one of which was the Philippines.