Unique “Hidden Hero Revealed” course begins April 6

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Date: Monday, March 16, 2009
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service is offering “Hidden Hero Revealed,” a unique three-week course beginning April 6.

The course focuses on the Japanese-Hawaiʻi immigrant experience as seen through the eyes of Katsu Goto, the main character of UH Hilo communication lecturer Patsy Iwasaki’s recently published manga/anime style graphic novel Hidden Hero. Goto, one of the first real-life immigrants to arrive in Hawaiʻi from Japan, was lynched in 1889, presumably at the behest of sugar planters who were displeased with his success both as a merchant in Honoka‘a and as an advocate for the rights of Japanese field laborers.

Iwasaki meticulously researched the historical and cultural background of Japan and Hawai‘i in the 1880s and will guide students on an unforgettable journey through this period of time. She will also highlight her own her journey in creating her graphic novel, from inception to artwork to desktop production. Those interested in publishing their own works will learn about the process.

Class times are Mondays, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuition is $35. To register, or for more information, call CCECS at 974-7664. Each registered participant will receive a complimentary copy of Hidden Hero.


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