The Weekly Text, April 17, 2020

First of all, let me reiterate, as I mentioned in the post currently pinned to the top of this blog, April is not Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2020, May is, just as every year in the month of May we observe this themed history month celebrating our neighbors of Asian Pacific descent. I offer in extenuation only the weakest excuse for this lapse at Mark’s Text Terminal: the coronavirus pandemic threw me off, and the attendant social isolation only exacerbated my confusion.

Now, that said, I have been trying to publish at least ten posts a day for the benefit of homebound parents and students. For a few moments this morning, while enjoying the ambience at the laundromat, I considered taking down all the posts I’ve already published on observation of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. The fact is, I need to take a break from the pace I’ve been setting for myself; so, this year, Mark’s Text Terminal celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of Asian Pacific Americans a month early.

For which I apologize. The good news is this: from the home page, you can look at the word cloud in the upper-right-hand margin and click on “Asian Pacific History,” which will take you to several years worth of posts on this subject.

For today, however, Mark’s Text Terminal offers this reading on the influential Japanese artist known simply as Hokusai along with a vocabulary-building and comprehension worksheet to accompany it.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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