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Date: Monday, October 14, 2013
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Odo presents Holehole Bushi, Voices from the Canefields Nov. 1

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo invites the public to a book talk by the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American Program and Acting Chief of the Asian Division at the Library of Congress on Friday, November 1, 2-4 p.m., at the `Imiloa Astronomy Center’s Moanahoku Room.

Dr. Franklin Odo will discuss his newly released book, Holehole Bushi, Voices from the Canefields, much of which was drawn from interviews and information from Hawaiʻi Island families.

Holehole bushi are the folk songs of the Japanese plantation workers describing the experiences of this particular group caught in the global movements of capital, empire, and labor during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A book signing and light refreshments will 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. RSVP is requested.

Call 974-7664, email ccecs@hawaii.edu or register online at http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ccecs/registration/.


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