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Sunday, October 23 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Authors - Lee A.Tonouchi, Chiburu Anthology of Hawai‘i Okinawan Literature - Fiction/Poetry/Drama Readings

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“Innovative, daring, fun! Seeking what it means to be Okinawan in Hawai‘i, a new generation of poets, writers, and artists struggle to radically expand and create new images and narratives about their sense of identity. While inheriting traditions from the homeland and embracing memories of their ancestors in Hawai‘i, the works collected in this book shatter ethnic stereotypes and boldly synthesize languages, music, and dance to open up a new diasporic literary world for readers, Okinawans and non-Okinawans alike.” -- Katsunori Yamazato

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Janine Oshiro

Janine Oshiro is a massage therapist and writer. She is the author of Pier, winner of the 2010 Kundiman Poetry Prize, published by Alice James Books. She has been awarded the 2011 Elliot Cades Award for Literature in Hawaiʻi for an emerging writer and the 2013 Asian American Literary... Read More →
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Ashley Nakanishi

Ashley Nakanishi is a local educator, artist and author. When she's not working with at risk youth, you can catch her at her small ranch, fostering injured animals, working on her garden and playing a part in a world of magic created by her children.
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Jeffrey J. Higa

Jeffrey Higa is the author of Calabash Stories. He is the great-grandson of Okinawan immigrants who came to Hawai'i to work on the sugar plantations and inherited their stories and love of their adopted land. As a fiction writer, essayist, and playwright his stories have appeared... Read More →
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Brandon Ufugusuku Ing

Brandon Ufugusuku Ing is half-Okinawan, half-Chinese. 2001 Castle grad. In 2009 he got a 1-year scholarship from the Okinawan government to get in touch with his Okinawan roots through traditional Ryukyuan performing arts at the Okinawa Prefectural Arts University. He made friends... Read More →
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Lee A. Tonouchi

Lee A. Tonouchi stay one Okinawan yonsei living in Hawai‘i known for writing in Hawai‘i Creole English. His poetry collection Significant Moments in da Life of Oriental Faddah and Son: One Hawai'i Okinawan Journal won da 2013 Association for Asian American Studies Book Award... Read More →

Sunday October 23, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST