Professor Patrick Patterson of the University of Hawaii will be the next guest speaker at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center’s “East Meets West” series on July 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the Stanley Izumigawa Resource Center.
Patterson will present “Border Song: How Popular Song Shaped Cross-Cultural Identity in the Twentieth Century.” In his talk, Patterson will explore the life and songs of Yamaguchi Yoshiko, Hibari Misora, and Hattori Ryoichi.
Patterson is a professor of history at Honolulu Community College and an assistant professor of Asian studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he specializes in popular culture and East Asian history. In 2018, he published “Music and lyrics: producing popular songs in Japan, 1887-1952”, a book about the beginnings of the recording industry in Japan and its first great pop songwriter, Nakayama Shimpei.
The event is free and open to the public, but due to social distancing requirements, reservations are required. To register, call (808) 244-NVMC (6862) or visit www.nvmc.org.