April 2021 Newsletter
April 12: Poet Brian Komei Dempster interviewed by Shin Yu Pai for Lyric World (podcast)
Nichi Bei Weekly has a special virtual edition with lots of information on Japanese festivals across America (many are virtual). Check it out.
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Getting to Know About Hate Crimes, Ourselves, and Others
Part 2: A Short Introduction on Our Shared History
By Philip Chin and Leonard Chan
(Continued from our March 2021 newsletter article "Part 1: Why Do People Commit Hate Crimes and What Can We Do About It")
One thing many people don’t realize in America is how interconnected the history of Americans, and especially minority Americans are. This interconnectedness demonstration how unity can serve both good and bad causes – when done for good, society flourishes. Here are some examples.
My Personal Recollections of Qingming
(The Clear Brightness Festival)
By Leonard Chan
When I thought about Qingming, I began to wonder how this cultural tradition came about.
Elephants, chimpanzees, gorillas, dolphins, horses, dogs, and other animals have been known to have death rituals. Even our distant human cousins, the Neanderthal, buried their dead and possibly placed flowers with the departed.
Some of my earliest memories are of going to cemeteries to pay my respects to people I never knew. As I would learn over the years, we had certain traditions and practices that we would do there. I would also learn that there were certain times of the year when we would do our visits – Qingming was one of those occasions.
If you’re one of those that turn away from anything that has something to do with death and dying, and would prefer to see the dentist before stepping foot in a cemetery, this article is more about my recollections of a cultural tradition than the morbid aspects of this subject. Please read on.
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