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Laura Kina

Laura Kina (she/her) is a Chicago-based queer, mixed-race Okinawan American artist, and Vincent de Paul Professor at The Art School at DePaul University.

Laura Kina and Seiji Igei

The Japanese text in the background says “Nuchi du takara” which is a proverb in Okinawan/Uchinaaguchi which means “Life is precious.” It is said to have been the final words from the last king of Ryukyu/Loochoo before he was taken by the Satsuma shogunate, reminding the people of Okinawa that all life is important and deserves to be protected. Over the last few years, it has been a phrase used in the movement to protest the military base at Henoko and, more broadly, the US military occupation in Okinawa as a whole.


The Brooklyn Rail

MARCH 2023

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