Dr. Franklin Odo '61 will be speaking at the Japanese American National Museum on Sunday, Oct. 13th 2pm. A4P/PCSC will have dinner with him after his talk at approximately 5pm.

2:00 PM - Voices From the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai'i by Dr. Franklin Odo

Voices from the Canefields, written by Franklin Odo '61Japanese immigrant laborers comprised the majority of Hawaiian sugar plantation workers after their large-scale importation as contract workers in 1885. They composed unique folk songs called holehole bushi which merged melodies with lyrics about work, life, and the global connection which they clearly perceived after arriving.

While many are songs of lamentation, others reflect a rapid adaptation to a new society in which other ethnic groups were arranged in untidy hierarchical order - the origins of a unique multicultural social order dominated by an oligarchy of white planters. 

Voices From the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai'i, Dr. Franklin Odo situates over 200 translated songs in their unexplored historical context

Cost: Museum Admission
Adults $9.00
Seniors (62 and over) $5.00
Students (with ID) and Youth (6-17) $5.00
Children 5 and under and Museum Members, Free.

Street parking on Sunday is free and numerous local parking lots are available. Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District.

a4p-logoA4P/PCSC will meet with Franklin afterwards for dinner at approximately 5:00 PM. Shared cost.

Restaurant to be chosen by those who attend. 

Questions? Thinking of attending? Please contact Doug Chin '83 at [email protected].

About Franklin Odo '61

Franklin Odo '61Franklin Odo was born in and grew up in Honolulu Hawaii and was the first from Kaimuki High School to attend Princeton University, where he received his B.A. in Asian Studies (China and Japan) in 1961. He then received his M.A. in East Asia regional studies at Harvard University in 1963. He returned to Princeton University, where he completed a doctorate dissertation on Japanese feudalism in 1975.

While his academic background and training had been in traditional Asian Studies, Dr. Odo became involved in the movement that created Asian American Studies and other ethnic studies in California in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a result of the anti-war and anti-racism activism in the United States.

Dr. Odo has taught for over 30 years at numerous academic institutions, most recently at the University of Maryland, College Park. In the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Odo taught at Occidental College; the University of California, Los Angeles; and California State University, Long Beach. In the 1990s, he served as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Hunter College, Princeton University, and Columbia University. He has also served as the director of ethnic studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. -Wikipedia

Fall 2013, Dr. Odo is teaching a Princeton undergraduate course, American Studies 354, Asian Americans and Public History/Memory.

Dr. Odo is the initiator of the current Smithsonian traveling exhibition, I WANT THE WIDE AMERICAN EARTH: An Asian Pacific American Story and currently at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Odo was awarded the President’s Award by the Japanese American Citizens League in July 2008, an award from the Organization of Chinese Americans in August 2008, and the Association for Asian American Studies Lifetime Achievement Award on April 14, 2012. 


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Sunday October 13, 2013
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Japanese American National Museum

100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
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