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Associate Professor Bill Kunz taught at the University of the Ryukyus as a Fulbright Scholar.

Okinawa—Things are moving forward here in Okinawa. Our initial base is in Naha, the provincial capital, which is a city of about 300,000. We have decided to look for an apartment in Nishihara, where Ryukyu Daigaku is based, which is about a 25-minute drive from Naha.

Each Fulbright lecturer is assigned a faculty associate at the universities where he or she is teaching. Ours is Katsuyuki Miyahira, a member of the faculty in the Department of English and Culture. Miyahira-sensei is a native of Okinawa, but he also has connections to the University of Washington. He studied in Seattle in the 1990s and received his Ph.D. from the Department of Communication in 1998. The focus of his scholarship is intercultural communication.

Miyahira-sensei is a tremendous help, and not just with school-related issues. He accompanied us to the city offices in Naha so that I could register as a resident alien and has helped in our search for an apartment and a school for Maya and Tomo. When he is not available, his wife, Yaeko, has helped us as well. We are fortunate to have such assistance.

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