ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE

"Savalivali means Go for a Walk"

 

Savalivali means go for a walk
Tautalatala means too much talk
Alofa ia te oe means I love you
Take it easy, faifai lemu

 

Teine manaia means pretty girl
Ta’amilomilo means around the world
Whisper to me means musumusu maia
Oi aue, means my, oh my

 

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E ua malie o, avane i le malo
E le faia so’u loto
A e tu’u lou finagalo

 

Go for a ride, ti’eti’e ta’avale
Stay at home means nofo i le fale
Leai o se tupe means no more money
Much trouble means fa’alavelave

 

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E ua malie o, avane i le malo
E le faia so’u loto
A e tu’u lou finagalo

 

Savalivali means go for a walk
Tautalatala means too much talk
Alofa ia te oe means I love you
Take it easy, faifai lemu

 

Teine manaia means pretty girl
Ta’amilomilo means around the world
Whisper to me means musumusu maia
Oi aue, means my, oh my

 

{ CHORUS }

E ua malie o, avane i le malo
E le faia so’u loto
A e tu’u lou finagalo

Citizen of the Universe"

Ruth Asawa:      "I hold no hostilities for what happened; I blame no one.  Sometimes good comes through adversity.  I would not be who I am today had it not been for the Internment, and I like who I am."

        

My name is Ruth Asawa,

I was born in California,

And my parents were born in Japan.

I am female, yes.

And I am Japanese-American,

But first I am an artist in the world,

My name is Ruth Asawa,

Citizen of the Universe.

Her family leased a farm in Norwalk,

Outside of L.A.,

Ruth came along in 1926,

January 24th was her birthday,

The fourth of seven children,

They all would lend a hand,

Growing fruits and vegetables,

On someone else’s land.

My Name is Ruth Asawa.

Her name is Ruth Asawa,

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Citizen of the Universe.

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Haiku:              We break the rich earth,

                        And lay the seeds in their beds,

                        Working to make life.

 

​When Ruth was in the third grade,

Her artwork was displayed,

Her teacher Mrs. Morrison,

Praised the drawings she made.

She even won a contest,

With a picture of Miss Liberty,

Saturdays she went to Japanese school,

Studying language and calligraphy.

My Name is Ruth Asawa.

Her name is Ruth Asawa,

Citizen of the Universe.

Haiku:              Her arm reaches up,

                        To heavens from the nation,

                        Through the air we share.

 

Japan bombed Pearl Harbor,

In 1941,

USA involvement,

In WWII was begun,

People who were Japanese,

Were taken by the FBI,  

Her daddy was sent to New Mexico,

They didn’t even have a chance to say “good-bye.”

My Name is Ruth Asawa.

Her name is Ruth Asawa,

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Citizen of the Universe.

Haiku:              They fell from the sky,

                        And changed our world just like that,

                        Why must there be bombs?

120,000 were taken,

to the Santa Anita Racetrack,

They slept in the stables,

On a bedspread of haystack,

For six months they were held there,

Without any question of law,

Ruth met other prisoners,

Artists who helped improve her skill to draw.

 

My Name is Ruth Asawa.

 

Her name is Ruth Asawa,

 

Citizen of the Universe.

Haiku:              Freedom state of mind,

                        Our imagination is,

                        A real salvation.

They were moved to Arkansas,

Where they spent the next few years,

Ruth made art whenever she could,

Smiling when there could’ve been tears.

She edited the paper,

For the high school in intern camp,

When Ruth earned a scholarship,

She felt just like a champ.

My name is Ruth Asawa,

Her name is Ruth Asawa,

I was born in California,

She was born in California,

And my parents were born in Japan.

I am female, yes.

And I am Japanese-American,

But first I am an artist in the world,

My name is Ruth Asawa,

Her name is Ruth Asawa,

Citizen of the U-ni-verse!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narrator:  Diwali is a holiday celebrated in India.

It happens in late October or early November and lasts 5 days.

Diwali celebrates how light overcomes darkness.

Our song today comes from a poem by Kiah,

who is now a 5th grader at Dolores Huerta Elementary.

Rangoli is a beautiful picture made of colorful dust and sand.

Diyas are small candle lamps.

Henna is an orange dye used for painting designs on skin.  

 

 

Festival of Lights

By Kiah

 

Diwali, a festival of lights!

 

There are fire crackers,

 

Rangoli,

 

Henna,

 

5 Days of Diwali, 5 Days of Diwali!

 

 

There are diyas everywhere on all 5 nights,

 

Goddess Lakshmi comes to bless our home,

 

And Rama comes back with his wife Sita and brother to Diwali.

 

A festival of lights!

A festival of lights!

A festival of lights, Diwali.

 

A festival of lights!

A festival of lights!

A festival of lights, Diwali.

 

(Repeat one or more times)

The First Emperor                    

 

Qin Shi Huangdi was the first emperor of China.

He lived nearly 23 centuries ago.

 

What was happening before?

7 kingdoms were at war.

When Qin Shi Huangdi was thirteen,

His father died and made him king.

Qin Shi Huangdi was the first emperor of China.

He lived nearly 23 centuries ago.

One by one the kingdoms fell,

His army grew more powerful,

In one kingdom there was a quake

That left it weak for Qin to take.

 

Qin Shi Huangdi was the first emperor of China.

He lived nearly 23 centuries ago.

 

Though he ruled by brutal force,

Qin Shi Huangdi set the course,

For using common currency,

And standard ways of measuring.

 

Qin Shi Huangdi was the first emperor of China.

He lived nearly 23 centuries ago. 

During the first emperor’s days,

Canals were built and new highways,

The first Great Wall of China too,

Evidence of what was true.

 

Qin Shi Huangdi was the first emperor of China.

He lived nearly 23 centuries ago.

 

In nineteen seventy four,

Farmers digging found a door

Into ancient history

With a great discovery.

 

Qin Shi Huangdi was the first emperor of China.

He lived nearly 23 centuries ago.

 

In a tomb under the ground,

A Terracotta army found,

Life-sized soldiers, horses too,

Made of clay for you know who?

 

Qin Shi Huangdi, Qin Shi Huangdi, Qin Shi Huangdi.

 

“My Last Farewell” 

featuring the first stanza of “Mi último adios” by José Rizal”

Farewell, my adored Land, region of the sun caress'd,


Pearl of the Orient Sea, our Eden lost,

With gladness I give thee my Life, sad and repress'd;

And were it more brilliant, more fresh and at its best,


I would still give it to thee for thine welfare at most.

 

This is the final farewell,

Of a hero named José Rizal,

Novelist, artist, naturalist, 

Teacher, ophthalmologist as well,

Whose light was eclipsed by imperialists,

José Rizal.

 

Pinipintuho kong Bayan ay paalam,

Lupang iniirog ng sikat ng araw,

mutyang mahalaga sa dagat Silangan,

kaluwalhatiang sa ami'y pumanaw.

 

This is the final farewell,

Of a hero named José Rizal,

Revolutionary of the late Nineteenth Century,

From Calamba, Laguna,

Whose light still shines bright at the heart of a country,

José Rizal, José Rizal, Doctor José Rizal.