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Chiemi Souen

Chiemi Souen

Honolulu, Hawaii

Chiemi Souen is a literary and journalistic writer. By day, she is an editor for "The Hawai‘i Herald, Hawai‘i's Japanese American Journal." By night, she is a creative writer and musician.

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About the author

Chiemi writes to give a voice to Okinawan-Americans of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th generation descendants of contract sugar plantation workers who immigrated from Okinawa in the early 1900s and remain faceless in literature.

The author is a member of Afuso Ryu Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai (https://www.afusochoichikaiusa.com) and Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Frances Nakachi Dojo (https://senjukaihawaii.com).
She has received a scholarship sponsored by the Okinawan Prefectural Government for Okinawan descendants.

Illustrations are by Flor Kaneshiro. She is an accomplished illustrator who has experience illustrating Okinawan children's books. Her illustration style is timeless and will continue to be considered beautiful far into the future. Please see her work on her website, https://florkane.wixsite.com/florkaneshiro.
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$20 Find your Purpose

109 readers

You'll get:

- 1 printed copy
- 1 free eBook

1 copy + ebook included

$5 shipping

$40 Sharing Ikigai story

66 readers

Share a copy with a friend. You'll get:

- 2 printed copies
- 2 free eBooks

2 copies + ebook included

$5 shipping

$150 Small Group

12 readers

You'll get:

- 5 printed copies (autographed)
- 5 free eBooks
- 30 min webinar with Chiemi for Q&A
- Free shipping

5 copies + ebook included

Free shipping

$250 Okinawan Culture

2 readers

You'll get:

- 10 printed copies
- 10 eBooks
- 1h presentation with Chiemi regarding Okinawan culture and Ikigai's story
- Free shipping

10 copies + ebook included

Free shipping

$500 Okinawan History

3 readers

Perfect for schools, you'll get:

- 20 printed copies
- 20 eBooks
- 1h presentation with Chiemi regarding Okinawan culture and Ikigai's story
- Invite to the book launch
- Free shipping

20 copies + ebook included

Free shipping

$1000 Legacy

18 readers

This is great for non-profit organizations.
Also great for any practice or association that deals with children, motivation or life-coaching.

- 50 printed copies
- 50 eBooks
- 1h presentation with Chiemi regarding Okinawan culture and Ikigai's story
- Invite to the book launch
- Your organization's name written in the book as a Sponsor in the acknowledge page
- Free shipping

50 copies + ebook included

Free shipping

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Update #10 - Kansha: Happy Thanksgiving Sept. 20, 2020

Aloha Family and Friends,

I wanted to wish all of you a Happy-Thanksgiving week and express my gratitude for your friendship and support throughout the years. 

The amazing team at Brandylane has been backlogged but working very hard to get IKIGAI out soon. We were hoping for the preorders to be filled by Christmas, which is still the plan, but not guaranteed. I have just received a draft of the text with illustrations (which look amazing) and have sent in my editing notes. But without going into the minutiae of the process, I will say things are progressing along nicely. 

My husband, Alex, says his friends and co-workers are getting restless, and believe me, so am I. I have put so much of my heart into this book, I want it to be done right and I believe the team at Brandylane Publishing are putting their efforts in with the same care. I am so grateful to them for helping me to manifest this dream of putting out much needed mirrors to children of Okinawan descendants around the world. I also want to be part of the American community colored vibrantly with so much beautiful diversity and culture. 

Thank you for all your support 

Okagesama de, 

Sending you all wishes of good health and abundance, 

Chiemi Souen