February 22 - Beijing


“From the perspective of the Ainu, visiting China was a notable first, and it attracted attention from all quarters, especially the media. Even among Utari [Ainu], the trip was a matter of considerable discussion. Questions were raised about the selection of the 15 delegates and what they could or would say about the Ainu nowadays once they arrived. Some Ainu were concerned about the possibility of political manipulation, especially since the trip was facilitated by a particular political party, while others emphasized the importance of simply going for the experience. Both perspectives, whether being critical of the trip or advocating for the experience, highlight the complex situation the Ainu face as an ‘ethnic group’” (Anutari Ainu, Vol. 9, April 20, 1974, pp.1-2).