BCO Life Enrichment Event
Connections Between Traditional Okinawan Music and Buddhism
September 19, 2020 4-6pm featuring Dr. Wesley Ueunten
Event Presented on *Zoom Video
We are excited to announce a very special presentation and performance of traditional Okinawan sanshin music by Dr. Wesley Ueunten. Dr. Ueunten is a professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. He will be discussing the connection between traditional Okinawan folk songs and Buddhism.
Dr. Ueunten is a sansei Okinawan born and raised in Hawai’i. While living in Okinawa and Japan for 9 years, he studied the language and learned to play traditional sanshin music before returning back to the US and moving to California where he entered the Ethnic Studies graduate program at UC Berkeley and he earned his PhD in 2007. Since then, Dr. Ueunten has become an educator, scholar, and community activist. Dr. Ueunten has also served as a member and officer of the San Francisco Okinawa Kenjinkai for 20 years.
Dr. Ueunten has been teaching and performing Okinawan music for over 15 years and has continued to inspire new generations of students.
*This program will be presented online via Zoom Video. An electronic viewing device (iPad, computer, etc) and Internet connection will be required.