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Da Word

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  18 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Fiction. Asian American Studies. Writing entirely what people in Hawaii refer to as Pidgin, Lee A. Tonouchi takes the language largely associated with Hawaii's underprivileged youth and attempts to legitimize it in literature. His high-performance readings of his humorous fiction pieces have won Tonouchi a large underground following and the local media has given him the n ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Bamboo Ridge Press
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Aug 18, 2011 Katie rated it liked it
Aside from the priceless feeling of Hawai'i that this will give you (assuming you've spent a fair amount of time there), it's funny in a more universal sense as well. Here's a random quote that I opened to:

"Probably wuz stink. Kinda like auntie Bernice's perfume. I dunno why, but these old aunties dey just take one bath in perfume must be, cuz so potent wen dey come in fo' da hug. My face stay all half grimacing, partly from da perfume, but partly cuz I know wot's coming next. Ees like my face
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Jul 27, 2011 Donald Carreira Ching rated it really liked it
Lee Tonouchi is well-known for two things: his humor, and his use of Pidgin; both are used well in this collection. He captures the heart of small kid times, and with it the emotions and weight of what it felt like to navigate that troubling passage into awareness. I suppose my only difficulty here is a sense of conclusion that I didn't feel toward the end of the collection, but overall a good and often times hilarious read.
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Jul 04, 2009 Jason Nomura rated it really liked it
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Collection of short stories and essays written in good Hawaiian Pidgeon. A must read for any local boy or girl.
Nov 18, 2010 Yoonmee rated it really liked it
Great collection of short stories written entirely in pidgin. Really expresses the lifestyle here on the island.
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