Ep. 108 Aiko Yamashiro

This episode features the poetry of the incredible Aiko Yamashiro and the music she’s chosen to go with her work! Aiko Yamashiro is a space-maker, as evidenced by the ways she’s been on our show before. For episode 11 (back in 2017), she contributed a collaborative poem titled “How to Become a Genealogist,” which she coauthored on an airplane returning from Maui for a performance of Lyz Soto’s show with Joanna Gordon, Joy Lehuanani Enomoto, Serena Ngaio Simmons, Jocelyn Kapumealani Ng, Lyz Soto, Anjoli Roy, Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Noʻukahauʻoli Revilla, Mehanaokala Hind, and Grace Teuila Taylor. For episode 13 (also from 2017), Aiko brought coauthor Lia Barcinas to perform their “Decolonial Love Letters.” For our episode 50 (from January 2018), Aiko helped cohost her then-student, the amazing Brandon Igarta, and she blessed our mics with a poem titled “For Lia.”

Aiko is a deep listener. She is a spelunker of the most hidden caves of our hearts. She is a guardian of the truth and its many faceted, sometimes harsh reflections. She holds the world and all its inhabitants in her unblinking vision and with her key tenants of integrity. Sometimes Edna, sometimes Bird, always Beloved, she hasn’t been back on our mics since January 2018, and she’s never been in our spotlight all on her own. We welcome her back with all of the open arms and are thrilled that she is taking center stage today. 🙂

BIO

Aiko Yamashiro aka TOFU GIRL (nickname from Dad . . . I am too sensitive).

Aiko Yamashiro aka “MOTHER-DAUGHTER, SISTER-FRIEND” (nickname from mom . . . I worry and scold her too much).

Too Much.

Aiko Yamashiro aka AIKSTER (nickname from Daniel when he is feeling affectionate or playful).

Aiko Yamashiro aka BULLY BIRD (nickname from Bryan . . . dunno why).

I was raised in Kaneohe. My families are from Japan, Okinawa, Guahan. My ancestors and friends hold me…to a high standard of excellence.

Doing my best.

PLAYLIST

  1. TOGETHER AGAIN—JANET JACKSON
  2. BODY LIKE A BACK ROAD—SAM HUNT
  3. LIT: Poem—How do you hold on to yourself in so much movement? (Jun 11)
  4. AKULIKULI LULLABY—LAPA
  5. LIT: Poem—Aug 7 “I remember that moon”
  6. MIDNIGHT HOUR—SDIB
  7. THIS FEELING—ALABAMA SHAKES
  8. LIT: Poem—Aug 19 “We are all dying without knowing”
  9. LIT: Poem—Aug 27 “The other day we were talking about dreams”
  10. LONG GONE—PHUM VIPHURIT
  11. LIT: Poem—Sept 16 “I dreamed our family on the river”
  12. DISTANCE—cover by DNA MUSE-IC
  13. SONG FOR DAD—Aiko Yamashiro
  14. LIT: Journal poem–ukimisoochitai
  15. INSOMNIAC’S LULLABY—IZIK
  16. LIT: Poem—This is how you make love (Oct 5)
  17. AMAYONG—MICROCHILD

FULL EPISODE

Recorded 12/1/19; episode release date 12/14/19.

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