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Holehole Bushi : Voices from the Canefields

Voices from the Canefields, by Frank Odo

Dr. Franklin Odo presents his newly released book, Voices from the Canefields. Folk songs are short stories from the souls of common people. Japanese workers in Hawaiiʻs plantations created their own versions, in form more akin to their traditional tanka or haiku poetry. These holehole bushi describe the experiences of one particular group caught in the global movements of capital, empire, and labor during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In Voices from the Canefields, author Franklin Odo situates over two hundred of these songs, in translation, in a hitherto largely unexplored historical context.

Book signing and refreshments to follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Special guests from Hilo Meishoin Tsukikage Odori Kai group will also perform traditional holehole bushi dances.

This FREE event is sponsored by the Kinzo and Fumiko Nishimura Japanese Cultural Fund. Please fill out the registration form below to sign up for the course.

Friday, November 1, 2013 2-4pm, Imiloa Astronomy Center, Moanahoku Room

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