HONOLULU (KHON) — May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and though we are in its last week, there is still plenty of time to celebrate.
Though there are many ways to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander culture, one of the most immediate and intimate ways to explore new perspectives is through the written word.
Craig Santos Perez: For AAPI Heritage Month, I recommend Joe Balaz’s new book Pidgin Eye (Ala Press, 2019).
Joe is a Hawaiian author who was born and raised in Wahiawa and currently lives in Ohio.
Together, these poems envision a world in which—like Pidgin—“everyting deserves to fly.”Lee Tonouchi: Typically when you read most mainstream Asian American anthologies, nomono pieces included for represent da Okinawan American experience.