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Wassup with Tonouchi? His 'Faddah' book is one beeg winnah!

June 21st, 2013

Island author Lee A. Tonouchi, a master of pidgin poetry and da kine fun talk, is one beeg winnah.

His 2011 book, “Significant Moments in da Life of Oriental Faddah and Son,” has won the 2013 Book Award for poetry-prose from the Association for Asian American Studies. Better late than nevah, right?

imgres-1“Lee is one of our community’s best writers,” said his publisher, Buddy Bess, of Bess Press. “His words capture the essence of local culture so intimately that his work transcends generations. His writing in Pidgin really connects with readers throughout our state and nationally, as this award is a testament to.”

The recognition outside of Hawaii confirms the growing interestin and joy of Pidgin tales and chatter. Tonouchi, often called “Da Pidgin Guerilla,” is also author of “DaKine Dictionary: Da Hawaii Community Pidgin Directionary Projeck,” along with “Da Word,”a collection of Pidgin stories and a play, “Three Year Swim Club.”

National media such as the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post has acknowledged Tonouchi’s wide-reaching Pidgin pendulum.
You go, bro!


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