September 2022 Newsletter

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• Editor's Message • Events • Cow 1 is Not Cow 2 • Wait Wait, Don’t Look Away • Featured Books

Editor's Message

Hello AACP Newsletter Readers.

To all the new readers that just signed up at the Chuseok Festival in San Francisco, thank you and I hope you enjoy our newsletter.

Happy autumn everyone!

New readers, it’s not a mistake. This is supposed to be the September newsletter. I’m just very late as usual. We’ve had four events that we had to prepare for during the course of working on this newsletter. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get this out before midnight tonight (at least in Hawaii :).

You may be asking what the fourth event is. It’s the Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival this coming Saturday. Come join us if you can. We have two authors that will be in attendance – Oliver Chin and our very own Mina Harada Eimon. Mina has just republished her children’s book “Why Cats Chase Mice: A Story of the Twelve Zodiac Signs.”

The Millbrae event is probably our last one for the year. It was nice seeing you all again. This was still not our normal year events workload, but it has kept us very busy none-the-less. Thanks to all the people that came by and to the volunteers that helped.


For our first article (Cow 1 is Not Cow 2), we have an interesting piece submitted by our author/poet friend Frances Kakugawa about not pre-judging and about the professor that taught her that, S.I. Hayakawa.

For our second article (Wait Wait, Don’t Look Away), we have a review of the new Ken Burns documentary “The U.S. and the Holocaust.” Spoiler alert: it’s really something you should watch. Read the article and find out why.


For our September book selection, we also have a review written by Frances Kakugawa of the book End of Summer: An Amerasian Tragedy. To our readers, you’re welcome to send us your book reviews.

For our featured books this month, the one that I most want you to pay attention to is “What I See: Anti-Asian Racism From The Eyes Of A Child.” The description for the book ends with “It takes a village to squash racism and xenophobia-let's get started!”

We also have a number of books for Diwali (Oct. 24, the South Asian festival of lights) and for Halloween. If you’re a fan of scary stories, definitely check out our Halloween selection and let us know what you think.

For our artist friends and art lovers, check out the books “Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970” and “Instruments of Empire: Filipino Musicians, Black Soldiers, and Military Band Music During US Colonization of the Philippines.”

Be sure to also have a look at Renee Macalino Rutledge’s book about a little girl with a Puerto Rican dad and Filipina mom (One Hundred Percent Me), Jaime Kim’s book about sibling jealousy (Ready for the Spotlight!), and Minh Lê’s book about not spoiling the end of a story (Let Me Finish!).


For the organizers of the Poston Pilgrimage and those going, hope you have a successful event.


Thanks for the help on the newsletter Mina and Susan.

Take care and thanks for reading everyone!


Leonard Chan

Executive Editor


October 2, 10:30am-4:30pm: 17th Annual Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival (we'll be there)

Author Oliver Chin and Mina Harada Eimon will join us

Milbrae Library, Milbrae, CA


October 2: Orange County Children's Book Festival

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA


October 21-22: Poston Pilgrimage

Parker, AZ

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

Cow 1 is Not Cow 2

By Frances H Kakugawa

Under the rising sun

The enemy came

Wearing my face.

After Pearl Harbor, I became the enemy

After 9/11, the enemy was Islam.

After Covid-19, it was China.

Now the enemy wears Putin’s face.


Putin brutalizes Ukraine

Your Russian neighbor looks like Putin,

Speaks Putin’s language, but he is not Putin.

Cow 1 is not Cow 2.


My ancestors bombed Pearl Harbor,

I look like my ancestors.

Careful, careful, Cow 1 is not Cow 2.

Such a simple, uncomplicated rule.

Semanticist Dr. S.I. Hayakawa wrote “Cow 1 is not Cow 2” on the blackboard when I was a young college student in Hawaii. The class topic was on how language and our perceptions often lead to racism. He explained: “You are driving along the country road and you see a cow. Further down the road, you see another cow. That cow is not the first cow you saw. A black man robs you at gun point. The next black man you see is not the man who robbed you. An Asian rudely cuts in front of you at the cashier. All Asians are not that Asian who cut in front of you. Cow 1 is not Cow 2.”

On another day he passed out his publication titled ETC, on general Semantics.

“One evening,” he began...

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Wait Wait, Don’t Look Away

By Leonard Chan

Did you see the Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein documentary The U.S. and the Holocaust? If you didn’t see it, why not?

Are you a supporter of movements such as “Stop AAPI Hate” or other anti-racism movements and didn’t watch this program? Here’s why you should.

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Reader's Book Review

End of Summer: An Amerasian Tragedy

From the foreward of this book by Frances H. Kakugawa

Under the rising sun,

the enemy came,

wearing my face.

End of Summer returned me, not to the fact that we were treated like the enemy, but to three basic Japanese teachings I grew up with: Shikata ga nai (it can’t be helped, it is what it is), Gaman (to endure the unbearable with patience and dignity) and Bachi (Divine punishment or Karma)

Two cultures meet on American soil, immigrants from Germany and Japan, to live the American dream. As the story unfolds, a piece of farmland, taken from the Japanese when they are sent to an internment camp, becomes more than property – and the consequence of a decision made by both the German and Japanese extend into their future generations.

The story is told behind a silk fan, the quiet and dignified undercurrents and loud silences, half concealed, become a pair of threads from both cultures that weave together throughout the story. As with others of Dan Shanahan’s works, there is that large twisting gasp at the end . . . so the reader is advised not to skip to the ending. You need to experience this gasp exactly where it appears. The beautiful use of language and the well-developed characters from two cultures will endure long after you read the last word.

Featured Books

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

Children's Books

Books for Diwali

Books to Get You in the Mood for Halloween

Music and Art