Da Pidgin Guerrilla strikes again. Locals know that we are Orientals, not Asian Americans which is why we could never speak of ejaculation, losing a mother, or enemas to our Oriental Faddah. Tonouchi speaks what we never said but wished we had to our own father, mother, and grandparents. His work is more than a confessional, a treatise on Okinawan pride, or just a tribute to his ancestors. This crafty humorist captures the innocence and wonderment of our youth trying to explain the world in the kind of twisted logic that seemed to make so much sense at the time. Check out his explanation of why Spam is the SUPER Okinawan food. The sophistication of his storytelling illuminates our lives in unexpected, passionate, and touching ways. Read dis one and laugh. Den read um again and cry. And come to understand that this Oriental son speaks for us all.
Darrell H.Y. Lum, co-editor, Bamboo Ridge
Lee Tonouchi is one gifted, funny, honest brother. His book is a small miracle in the voice of a young boy to a young man who takes you by the hand and heart into da real HawaiŠi¨to the folks who truly make these islands unique a must for any reader who wants to know the truth behind the fantasy. An important contribution to Asian Pacific American literature and a true gift to all Hawai'i locals to be able to see themselves reflected so beautifully in this work. Amen.
Ishle Yi Park, author, The Temperature of This Water
Each poetic episode, when read in one sitting, becomes a significant moment in Lee Tonouchi's moving book. He retains the spirit of Aloha and the Uchinanchu soul in each of his poems. His level of perception and insight into people is astonishing. Funny, tearful and heartfelt. All poignant, delightful and entertaining. Tonouchi, da bugga, ter'riifr'ic ear for story-telling. He show pidgin got one place in american stories. Read his Significant Moments. You find out.
Jon Shirota, author, Lucky Come Hawaii