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Da Word

Lee A. Tonouchi

Softcover, 144 pp.

Writing entirely in hip-hop speak or what people in Hawaiʻi refer to as Pidgin, Lee A. Tonouchi takes the language largely associated with Hawaiʻi’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 notorious nickname, “Da Pidgin Guerrilla”. Spreading da Word of Pidgin around, Tonouchi has even been able to win acceptance on the continent with publication credits in ZYZZYVA and The Asian Pacific American Journal, among others.

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