Ichiro's Cultural Identity in "No-No Boy" Analytical Essay by Nicky

Ichiro's Cultural Identity in "No-No Boy"
An analysis of the protagonist's loss of ethnic and cultural identity in John Okada's "No-No Boy".
# 146873 | 1,367 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 21, 2011 in Asian Studies (Asian American) , Literature (American) , History (U.S. World Wars)

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The paper explains how the protagonist in John Okada's "No-No Boy", Ichiro, loses his natural right to a legitimate heritage with the U.S. Executive Order #9066 and his refusal to take up arms against Japanese of his own ancestry. The paper demonstrates how it is now impossible for Ichiro to belong to any culture, since he is an outcast even among his own cultural brethren. The paper therefore shows why Ichiro chose to end his life.

From the Paper:

"US Executive Order #9066 was - on the surface - a cold, bureaucratic pronouncement. And yet the reality of the order stabbed deeply into the lives of 12,000 incarcerated Japanese Americans like the white-hot blade of a newly forged knife. And moreover, the youthful individuals of Japanese descent who said "No" on questions 27 and 28 on the Selective Service questionnaire - as did Ichiro Yamada - found themselves first in prison and secondly drifting in a cultural vacuum where identity was illusive and hatefulness dominated the air they breathed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Okada, John. No-No Boy. San Francisco: Combined Asian American Resources Project,1976.

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