Fedde Middle School Goes on to National Competition for National History Day in Baltimore, MD

Note from June Aochi Berk Fedde Middle School from Hawaiian Gardens in South Central L.A. presented their project on the "Executive Order 9066: Rights Denied Over Race." They came to the Japanese American National Museum to research their project. On the day they came to do research at the Museum, I happened to be at the Museum's Democracy Forum Theater for the "Hidden Legacy" Documentary screening (I'm in the documentary because I performed Japanese classical dance in Camp). The girls from … [Read more...]

Shigin and Bilingual Pre-School

One of our interviewees in Los Angeles, Patrick Seki, who is a teacher of the art of Shigin singing (the ancient art of very intense singing of Chinese poetry), told us about a pre-school in Lomita, CA, where students were being given the opportunity to learn Shigin! I always thought Shigin was for adults because whenever I heard people perform it, they would be standing straight up, eyes closed, singing at the top of their lungs! (very healthy art form, I've been finding out!) And the singing … [Read more...]