DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen

What a year it has been! If you are anything like me, you remember exactly where you were when you learned that Donald Trump was on his way to becoming America’s next president. On Nov. 8, 2016, I was in one of the Dole Cannery theaters, watching the film, “My Korean Teacher,” which was being shown as part of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival. A mechanical problem with the projection equipment forced the projectionist to stop the film and turn on the house lights while he fixed the problem. It was the perfect opportunity for everyone with a Smartphone and any interest in the presidential race to pull out their phone and check their favorite news site for the latest election returns.

All around me, I heard expressions of despair. “Oh no, he’s winning . . . how can that be?”

Donald Trump went on to claim victory that night, and on Jan. 20, 2017, he was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. I hoped that he would shape up from his campaign antics, humble himself, put his nose to the grindstone and work at being a good and honorable American president.

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