"Da Pidgin Guerriilla" Lee Tonouchi, author of the award-winning collection Da Word (Bamboo Ridge Press, 2001), will read from his new book, Significant Moments in da Life of Oriental Faddah and Son: One Hawai‘i Okinawan Journal (new from Bess Press).
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 30th
University of Hawai‘i Art Auditorium
"Da Pidgin Guerrilla" strikes again. Locals know that we are Orientals, not Asian Americans which is why we could never speak of ejaculation, losing a mother, or enemas to our Oriental Faddah. Tonouchi speaks what we never said but wished we had to our own father, mother, and grandparents. His work is more than a confessional, a treatise on Okinawan pride, or just a tribute to his ancestors. This crafty humorist captures the innocence and wonderment of our youth trying to explain the world in the kind of twisted logic that seemed to make so much sense at the time. Check out his explanation of why Spam is the SUPER Okinawan food. The sophistication of his storytelling illuminates our lives in unexpected, passionate, and touching ways. Read dis one and laugh. Den read um again and cry. And come to understand that this Oriental son speaks for us all.
–Darrell H.Y. Lum, co-editor, Bamboo Ridge Press