September 2023 Newsletter
Oct. 1, 2023: 18th Annual Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival (we'll be there)
Civic Center Plaza, 1 Library Lane, Millbrae, CA
Author Oliver Chin will be signing his books and
Author Judith Kajiwara who will be signing her book Silly Green Mask
Oct. 13-14, 2023: Poston Pilgrimage (we can't make it)
Blue Water Resort & Casino, 11300 Resort Dr, Parker, AZ and Poston, 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.
Remembering the first Asian American to Win a Grammy for October's Filipino American History Month
By Sharon Chan
Who was the first Asian American to win a Grammy? That would be Hilario “Larry” Ramos, who in 1963 won it for Best Performance by a Chorus as a member of the New Christy Minstrels.
Larry Ramos was a talented guitarist, banjo and ukulele player of Filipino descent who grew up in Hawaii. He was born on April 19, 1942 in Kauai. At the age of five he and his sister won a local music contest and at the age of seven he appeared on the Arthur Godfrey Show after winning a ukulele contest. In 1950, a talent scout (and later producer), Arthur Freed, heard Larry singing and playing ukulele in front of his mother’s hotel gift shop and cast him in the film “Pagan Love Song” with Esther Williams. Unfortunately, the scene where he played while Esther sang “The House of Singing Bamboo” was cut from the film and can only be seen now in the outtakes part of the “TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams, Vol. 2” collection.
Celebrate the Centennial of the Birth of John Okada, Author of No-No Boy, This Fall With the Seattle Public Library
Author Frank Abe has informed us that he is doing a three part series of programs honoring the 100th birthday of John Okada. The first program has past, but you can still catch the second two.
Oct. 24, 7-8:30pm: From Page to Stage: Adapting John Okada’s “No-No Boy for today’s theater”
Nov. 19, 2-3:15pm: The Postwar Seattle Chinatown of John Okada
If you can't make it, check the Seattle Library Podcasts page to see if they may have the audio from the programs.
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Special Selection for Halloween
Books for Filipino American History Month
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