Franklin Odo’s Book Talk: Voices from the Canefields

By DY16


On March 4th, from 12:00-1:30PM in 554 Barrows, there will be a book talk with Franklin Odo on his book, Voices from the Canefields: From Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai’i

Engagingly written and drawing on a multitude of sources including family histories, newspapers, oral histories, the expressed perspectives of women in this immigrant society, and accounts from the prolific Japanese language press into the narrative, Voices from the Canefields will speak not only to scholars of ethnomusicology, migration history, and ethnic/racial movements, but also to a general audience of Japanese Americans seeking connections to their cultural past and the experiences of their most recently past generations.

Franklin Odo is the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American Program and Acting Chief of the Asian Division at the Library of Congress. He was among the pioneering faculty involved in Asian American Studies at UCLA, and he has taught Asian American history at the University of Hawai`i, UPenn, Hunter, Princeton, and Columbia.