and other members from her nonprofit organization, Vivace Music, will give free lessons in playing various traditional Chinese folk instruments. Vivace Music is dedicated to spreading knowledge of traditional Chinese music, as well as raising donations to support and teach underprivileged children.
Cassie performed at last year's Foster City Library's Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration.
is a children's book author from Taiwan. Her husband and farm near Hollister are the inspiration for her many stories and illustrations. Her books include, Jenny Farm Fairy Tales 1 & 2 (Book & DVD) and Tidbits of the Farm (poetic essays of farm life). Jenny, with the aid of goslings and pheasant chicks from her farm, will delight young listeners with her stories.
The Hatching of Goosebottom Books: A Tale of Two Sisters
Local author Shirin Yim Bridges and her sister will speak about writing their children's books, their early start in writing, their influences, and the founding of their children's book publishing company, Goosebottom Books. Their publishing company created the award winning series The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses and The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Dastardly Dames.
Natasha Yim is a children's author and an accomplished playwright. Her works include Otto's Rainy Day/ and /Cixi "The Dragon Empress."
Shirin Yim Bridges is the author of award winning books Ruby's Wish, The Umbrella Queen, The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses and Agrippina "Atrocious and Ferocious." Shirin is also the head goose of Goosebottom Books.
Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: the Fred Korematsu Story
The Emmy Award-winning documentary about Fred Korematsu's heroic struggle for justice will be shown.
Special guest, Karen Korematsu will be in attendance. Karen, daughter of Fred and Kathryn Korematsu, is the co-founder (along with the Asian Law Caucus) of the Korematsu Institute. Karen shares her father's passion for social justice and continues to advance his legacy by advising the Institute and speaking at events around the country. She is also a board member of the Asian Law Caucus, the Institute's parent organization, as well as the Asian American Justice Center.
The Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education's mission is to advance pan-ethnic civil and human rights through education.
Japanese American Post World War II Experiences
Professor Brian Komei Dempster is editor of Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement, which is the sequel to his award-winning book, From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America's Concentration Camps. A panel of Japanese American elders will share their personal histories incorporated in Making Home from War, and a related grant project, Collecting Nisei Stories. These stories describe their wartime incarceration experience and post-war exodus from concentration camps into a world which, in a few years, had drastically changed.
Haiku Poetry Writing
Frances Kakugawa is an author, poet, and teacher. She regularly conducts poetry and journal writing support groups for the Alzheimer's Association as well as holds lecturers and workshops on caregiving, poetry writing, and teaching.