June 2022 Newsletter

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• Editor's Message • Events • Summer Trips for 2022 • A Barefoot Boy From Hilo: Growing and Selling Flowers, Volcanic Devastation, and the Changing Market • Featured Books

Editor's Message

Hello AACP Newsletter Readers.

I’m late again for the newsletter, but not too late for wishing you all a Happy Independence Day!

There’s so much things in the news that I wish I had time to editorialize about, but it’s probably a good thing that I don’t. Seems like we’re such a divided country that it’s probably best to keep my comments to the job at hand – which is presenting you with new books and interesting articles.

This month we’re continuing our annual AAPI Travel series – with two of them being revisits to places we’ve covered many years ago and two new ones.

If this year’s destinations don’t seem like something you’d want to check out, try looking at some of our old travel articles. Last year we featured museums that you could visit virtually, this year I hope you get a chance to visit some of them in-person.

At the very least, I hope you’ll find this year’s article interesting reading.

Oh, one destination that didn’t get in our article, but we would really like to bring to your attention, is this year’s pilgrimage to the Poston Incarceration Camp in Arizona on October 21-22. Check out the following link for more information.


For this month’s book selection, we’ve chosen an all fiction group of books – mostly novels, but some short story and folk tale collections. We thought that summer reading is really about escapism and exercising the imagination.


Thank you very much Philip, Susan, and Mina for your contributions and help with the newsletter.

Thank you Frances (Kakugawa) for your contribution. I’ll try to get it in for a future newsletter.

That’s all I have time for.

Please come and check us out at the San Jose Obon on July 9th and 10th.

Take care.

Leonard Chan

Executive Editor


July 9-10: San Jose Obon (we'll be there)

Come to one of the largest Obon festivals in Northern California. 640 N 5th St, San Jose, CA


August 3-7: 2022 JACL National Convention

Bally's Las Vegas, NV


August 4-6: OCA's 2022 National Convention

Bally's Las Vegas, NV

If you have an event that you would like us to mention and or to participate in, please feel free to let us know.

Summer Trips for 2022

By Leonard Chan (except where noted)

Ahh, summer is here and I’m sitting at home thinking about the places I’d like to check out if I had the time.

This is our latest installment in our AAPI related summer travel series (checkout the prior years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2021; please note there are still a lot of broken links, sorry about that).

I was recently browsing the book “Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now.”  In one map, the book listed places of interest/significance for AAPIs. One location listed was the Morro Bay plaque marking the landing of Filipinos in California in 1587.

To my surprise, they had Morro Bay as being north of San Francisco (note that we sold our copies of the book and I didn’t have time to follow-up on what I thought was a glaring mistake). I was very familiar with this site because I wrote about it for our 2006 summer trips article. I went to find the plaque not long after and took some pictures of it (I can’t find my photos, but if you do a google search, you can see other people’s photos).

It’s been 16 years since I covered that location. Because of the time that has passed and from research that I have uncovered over the years, I thought I’d revisit (if only in words) a few of the locations we’ve covered in the previous articles. The Morro Bay location is one destination and the Foreign Mission School in Cornwall, Connecticut, is another (I mentioned this school in our last newsletter about Humehume as well as in the 2007 summer trips article). Two other locations, one in Hawaii (Waiola Shave Ice) and the other in Oregon (Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site) were graciously shared with me by our other editors Philip Chin and Susan Tanioka.

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A Barefoot Boy From Hilo

Growing and Selling Flowers, Volcanic Devastation, and the Changing Market

(Part of the Mas Hongo Interview Series)

Interviewed by Leonard Chan (L), Susan Tanioka (S), and Jamie Miracle (J)

With transcriptions by Mina Harada Eimon

Edited by Leonard Chan

When we last left off, Mas was telling us about how the Hongo family farm was selling flowers to the lei makers in Honolulu.

L: (Jamie Miracle, one of our board members, sat in for a short time during this portion of the interview) We were talking about vanda orchid… he was a vanda orchid grower in Hawaii. He grew vanda orchids and…

J: Oh.

M: We were one of the larger…largest vanda orchid…

L: So when did the business expand into selling in the States?

M: Well, we were shipping some orchids and ti leaves to Los Angeles market. I used to go to LA market, San Francisco. I flew to Seattle, Vancouver, New York, Michigan, Chicago.

So I would sell to one guy. I didn’t want to sell to three, four guys in the market because they’re going to compete against each other. When they get somebody, the...you know, so to speak, you know, the franchise, I sell to only one person. Then I come to San Francisco, I sell to one person. Then I go to Seattle, I sell to one person. I go to Vancouver, I sell to one person. I go to New York, or Philadelphia, I sell to one person.

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Featured Books

View full descriptions of all these featured books at Bookshop.org where you'll also have the opportunity to purchase them.

Children's Books

Early Chapter and Young Adult Books

General Literature