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Dear Everyone

I hope you all had a good year. My son, Kyle, has been accepted into Northeastern University (Bio-Engineering, his first choice!) and we are having a relaxing and happy holiday season. Kyle and I were in Melbourne during Mino’s last month. Kyle, who was 3 years old at that time, clearly remembers about visiting Uncle Mino at a hospice. Mino gave him Japanese candy every time we visited. Nicole was born a year after Mino’s passing, and her middle name is “Minori,” a girl version of Minoru. Nicole is going to be a high schooler this fall as Kyle will be a freshman in college. John and I will have an empty nest in 4 years. Oh boy.

Here are some updates for 2018.

* As of May 2018, the Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship Fund balance was A$143,380, up from A$139,467 in Sept 2017.

* 2018 Winner of the scholarship is Sarah Yu, a Doctoral candidate at the Heidelberg University in Germany. Her project “Window to the Soul” will tell a story of the pearling industry through the gaze of Yawuru, Mayala, Bardi, Jawi and Karajarri people. Sarah draws on ”Hokari’s insights, experiences and approach to history to write stories that show how some saltwater people think about and ‘pay attention’ to the world through the story of pearling.” The scholarship will fund her return to the north west coast communities where she will seek further insights, approval and critiques to write, with the local historians, a look at the world through Aboriginal eyes.

* Nimara & Japarta: Knit-A-Thon 2018 was held again. I had suffered tendinitis in both elbows, which prevented me from knitting for almost 6 months this year. I did not design much and was not sure if I should hold the event this year. My fellow knitters encouraged me to continue the tradition and 12 of us knitted 29 projects with 7,359.2 yards (=4.2 miles = 6.7 km) of yarn. They are my true supporters; some have been with me for years, and others are new friends, just like all of you. My design carries Mino’s story and keeps helping him to meet new people all over the world.

* Mino’s Japanese book, “Radical Oral History” continues to do well, with all positive feedback and reviews. I look forward to hearing from the publisher for the second print, another a few thousands copies?!

I wish all of us have another fruitful year, staying connected with Mino.