August 2021 Newsletter
Sunday, October 3, 2021, 10:30am - 4:30pm: Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival
Note that the San Leandro Moon Festival on Saturday, September 18, 2021, that was mentioned in our blog, has been canceled.
We hope you have a good Moon Festival (Sept 21, 2021) anyway. Go out and buy and enjoy a mooncake from your favorite Chinese bakery or Asian grocery store.
If you have an event that you would like us to mention and or to participate in, please feel free to let us know.
An Interview With Author Naomi Hirahara
Upon the Release of Her New Book Clark and Division
Interviewed by Leonard Chan
For those that are unfamiliar with Naomi Hirahara, she has had a very notable and wide ranging life which includes being a journalist, biographer, historian, editor, and award winning mystery novel writer. Her third book in her Mas Arai mystery series, “Snakeskin Shamisen,” won the prestigious Edgar Award.
Naomi’s latest book “Clark and Division” is about a Japanese American family’s World War II experience of relocating to Chicago after their incarceration at Manzanar Relocation Center. The eldest daughter of the family had moved to Chicago ahead of them and is mysteriously killed by a subway train shortly before the rest of the family’s arrival. The story’s protagonist is the younger daughter Aki Ito who takes on the task of finding out the cause of her dear sister’s death.
Hello Naomi, thank you for agreeing to do this interview on such short notice. We really appreciate it.
Even though we’ve communicated a little bit in the past few years, I don’t think I’ve seen you since the Nisei Week Book Fair in 2015. That was three or four novels and a couple of nonfiction books ago. How have you been? How have you been managing the pandemic and spending your time? Have you been using most of the time working on “Clark and Division”? When did you start working on it?
You’re Listening to the 12th Annual Marathon of Hits
K-POI One Three Eight O, Hon-O-lu-luuu
By Leonard Chan
Excuse me for indulging myself with this article, but please bear with me and read on.
I’ve been listening to a potion of these recordings for nearly 50 years and this Labor Day Weekend is the 50th anniversary of its taping by my brother who was stationed in Hawaii at that time. He made this recording of a pop AM radio station’s countdown of listener’s favorite songs in 1971.
I’ve been debating the merits of doing this article. It’s not exactly Asian or Pacific Islander American. It doesn’t have anything to do with books or literature and I’m not exactly sure of its educational value.
I’ve also been debating if I would be breaking any copyright laws by posting the audio online, but I think this comes under the copyright fair use clause. I’ll explain further in this article and hope you all get a chance to hear these fascinating and enjoyable recordings.
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