The first Japanese American novel: a powerful, radical testament to the experiences of Japanese American draft resisters in the wake of World War II A Penguin Classic After their forcible relocation to internment camps during World War II, Japanese Americans were expected to go on with their lives as though nothing had happened, assimilating as well as they could in a changed America. But some men resisted. They became known as "no-no boys," for twice having answered no on a compulsory government survey asking whether they were willing to serve in the U.S. armed forces and to swear allegiance to the United States. No-No Boy tells the story of one such draft resister, Ichiro Yamada, whose refusal to comply with the U.S. government earns him two years in prison and the disapproval of his family and community in Seattle. A touchstone of the immigrant experience in America, it dispels the "model minority" myth and asks pointed questions about assimilation, identity, and loyalty. Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month with these four Penguin Classics: America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan (9780143134039) East Goes West by Younghill Kang (9780143134305) The Hanging on Union Square by H. T. Tsiang (9780143134022) No-No Boy by John Okada (9780143134015)
The Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater covers the history of Asian American literature and theater through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 600 cross-referenced entries on authors, books, and genres. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about this important topic.
Author: Guiyou Huang
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2006-08-08
Genre: Literary Criticism
Guiyou Huang traces the history of Asian American literature from the end of World War II to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Huang covers six genres: anthology, autobiography/memoir, drama, fiction, poetry, and short fiction; reviews major historical developments and social movements; explains key literary terms; and offers a narrative, A-to-Z guide of major Asian American writers and their works, plus their critical reception. This guide covers Canadian and U.S. authors with cultural and ethnic origins in East Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands. It begins with a discussion of works written shortly after World War II that explore the personal and political impact of the conflict, such as John Okada's No-No Boy and Hisaye Yamamoto's short fiction. Huang then focuses on the 1980s, when Asian American literature blossomed into a diverse, heterogeneous field characterized by a variety of themes, genres, and styles, and writers with multiple ethnic and cultural backgrounds. He considers the work of novelists Amy Tan and Maxine Hong Kingston, the poets Ai and Agha Shahid Ali, and more than 100 additional authors, including Frank Chin, David Henry Hwang, Jessica Hagedorn, Nora Okja Keller, Bharati Mukherjee, Gish Jen, Chang-rae Lee, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chitra Divakaruni, and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Huang points the reader toward further study for individual authors, and his selected bibliography suggests works of a more general nature, including literary criticism and histories, reference works, and collections of essays. Comprehensive though concise, clearly written but richly detailed, The Columbia Guide to Asian American Literature Since 1945 is an invaluable resource.
Author: Emmanuel Sampath Nelson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Literary Criticism
As a distinct area of literary study, Asian American literature now enjoys a level of critical recognition that was unimaginable when academic interest in the field began modestly some 25 years ago. Part of this recognition stems from the increasing contributions of Asian American novelists, whose works continue to capture growing levels of popular attention. This reference book provides alphabetically arranged entries for 70 Asian American novelists. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and provides a short biography, a discussion of major works and themes, an overview of the novelist's critical reception, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. In addition, the volume concludes with a selected, general bibliography.
Ruth Ozeki erkundet, was es heißt, in diesem Augenblick, genau jetzt, ein Mensch zu sein – »bezaubernd, klug und herzzerreißend« (Junot Díaz). »Hallo! Ich heiße Nao, und ich bin ein Zeitwesen. Weißt du, was ein Zeitwesen ist? Wenn du einen Moment hast, erzähl ich es dir.« So beginnt das Tagebuch des japanischen Teenagers Nao, das eines Tages am Strand einer kanadischen Pazifikinsel angespült wird. Nao schreibt von Einsamkeit und Mobbing, vom depressiven Vater, von ihrer schillernden Urgroßmutter Jiko und den Geheimnissen des Zen. Die Autorin Ruth, die das Tagebuch gefunden hat, ist bald wie gebannt von Naos Notizen und beginnt zugleich um ihr Leben zu fürchten – hat Nao letztlich Selbstmord begangen? Ist sie im Tsunami gestorben? Die Suche nach Antworten gerät für Ruth zu einer magischen Reise durch die Gegenwart, die am Ende auch den Blick auf ihr eigenes Leben verwandelt.
Author: Shawn Wong
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Literary Criticism
These brief anthologies of ethnic American literature are ideal for ethnic, multicultural and American literature courses. They are designed to introduce undergraduates to the rich but often neglected literary contributions of established and newer ethnic writers to American literature. Each text is organized chronologically by genre and represent a wide range of literature.
Chinese American authors often find it necessary to represent Asian history in their literary works. Tracing the development of the literary production of Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Lisa See, and Russell Leong, among others, this book captures the effects of international politics and globalization on Chinese American diasporic consciousness.
«Ein grandioser Generationenroman.» (Die Zeit) «Man ist nach wenigen Seiten von der Stadt und ihren Personen vollkommen absorbiert und möchte sie so schnell nicht mehr verlassen – buchstäblich bis zum bitteren Ende.» (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) «Stewart O’Nan erweist sich einmal mehr als ein glänzender Erzähler.» (Süddeutsche Zeitung) «Der Meister des subtilen Schreckens.» (Der Spiegel) «Ein phantastischer Autor.» (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) «Meisterlich.» (Brigitte)
Author: Frank Abe
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Release Date: 2018-06-23
Genre: Social Science
No-No Boy, John Okada�s only published novel, centers on a Japanese American who refuses to fight for the country that incarcerated him and his people in World War II and, upon release from federal prison after the war, is cast out by his divided community. In 1957, the novel faced a similar rejection until it was rediscovered and reissued in 1976 to become a celebrated classic of American literature. As a result of Okada�s untimely death at age forty-seven, the author�s life and other works have remained obscure. This compelling collection offers the first full-length examination of Okada�s development as an artist, placing recently discovered writing by Okada alongside essays that reassess his lasting legacy. Meticulously researched biographical details, insight from friends and relatives, and a trove of intimate photographs illuminate Okada�s early life in Seattle, military service, and careers as a public librarian and a technical writer in the aerospace industry. This volume is an essential companion to No-No Boy.
Author: Elizabeth A. Wheeler
Release Date: 2001
In the postwar era, American urban fiction was dominated by the imagery of containment. Across the fictional landscape, the city was divided into segregated zones, marked by the threat of inevitable violence. In Uncontained, Elizabeth A. Wheeler offers a critiQue of this familiar story -- evident in the noir narratives of James M. Cain and in work by Ellison, Roth, Salinger, Percy, Capote, and others -- and challenges its link to the postwar city. Discussing film, short stories, and novels from many American cities, Wheeler integrates these stories of containment into a shared pattern and reads them across a broad spectrum of works by men and women of various ethnic and literary traditions to reveal a larger vision of postwar America. Knowing that containment is never the entire story, Wheeler shows how the uncontained has shaped the historical moment as well. She places these literary counterstories in dialogue with those of the alienated man, the war veteran, and noir detective, and revives the idea of urban space as a place of openness. By bringing Ann Bannon's lesbian pulp fiction, or the work of Hisaye Yamamoto, Chester Himes, Jo Sinclair, and others to bear on more canonical texts, Wheeler offers a more complete understanding of this period of American fiction.
Author: Deborah L. Madsen
Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Dedicated to making literature and its creators more accessible to students and interested readers, while satisfying the standards of librarians, teachers and scholars, the series systematically presents career biographies of writers from all eras and all genres through volumes dedicated to specific types of literature and time periods. Entries are written by experts in the field and include bibliographies and illustrations.