January 2022 Newsletter
Saturday, February 12, 2022, 11am-4pm: Redwood City Lunar New Year Celebration
Sunday, February 13, 2022, 3:00-4:30pm: We Hereby Refuse: the Bay Area allies (at OACC)
For this Day of Remembrance program, moderator Darren Murata will join with writer Frank Abe in a conversation around We Hereby Refuse with Kathleen Purcell of San Francisco, the daughter of Mitsuye Endo's attorney James Purcell; Wayne Collins Jr., the son of Hiroshi Kashiwagi's attorney Wayne Collins; and Sadako Kashiwagi, Hiroshi's wife.
It will be a hybrid in-person/livestream event hosted by Eastwind Books of Berkeley and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, with a livestream to the OACC’s YouTube channel.
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 Trần Thị Minh Phước
About Her New Book “All About Vietnam” and the Upcoming Tết Nguyên Đán
Phuoc Tran is the author of Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories, My First Book of Vietnamese Words, and her newest book All About Vietnam (being released in March). Her story “The Ocean Where the Dreams Go” was included in the anthology Sky Blue Waters: Great Stories for Young Readers. Additionally, she was a librarian in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area of Minnesota for over 30 years, and was the first Vietnamese librarian in all of Minnesota.
A respected storyteller and a 2016 and 2019 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon author, she shares her knowledge of Vietnamese culture at cultural events, storytelling programs, conferences, libraries, universities, colleges and schools throughout the state and beyond.
Phuoc Tran fled Vietnam in 1982 on a crowded boat and ended up in a Malaysian refugee camp for ten months before coming to the United States.
Wanting to learn English, she spent much time at local libraries which inspired her future career path to become a librarian and serve people like herself.
Phuoc Tran, welcome and thank you for doing this interview with us.
Chào Leonard! Hello Leonard! Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! Happy New Year!
First thank you for the interview and I am so excited to share with the readers my new book, part of the award-winning series All About Countries.
AACP's January 2022 Poetry Selection
When we started this back in 2004, we had this project where we produced a calendar with festival dates that Asian and Pacific Islander Americans celebrated (the 2003 and 2004 calendars). One of the things I learned in doing this project was the Japanese tradition of Kakizome – the first writing of the new year being calligraphy writing of sayings and poems. Other Asian cultures also did similar writing for the new year. So when we were searching for ideas for our January 2004 newsletter we decided to do a poetry feature.
In the beginning, we started off with some simple articles on haiku and tanka writing with some writings from some of the AACP staff and guest contributors. In 2005 we even started holding a local poetry event in San Mateo.
We stopped making our calendars and holding our poetry events, but even when the newsletter was on its long hiatus (Feb. 2011 to Apr. 2020), we tried to continue with staff haikus that we sometimes posted on our Facebook page.
This year we have a poem by award winning poet and educator Brian Komei Dempster (from his book Seize) and a poem by author Phuoc Tran who is featured in our other article this month (the poem is from her short story "The Ocean Where the Dreams Go" included in the anthology Sky Blue Waters: Great Stories for Young Readers).
At the end, you’ll find some of our staff and board members’ submissions.
Please continue reading and enjoy!
View full descriptions of all these featured books at Bookshop.org where you'll also have the opportunity to purchase them.
Lunar New Year Children's Books
Other Children's Books
Poetry and Poetry Related Books
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