Japanese-Americans and America in Literature Book Review by Miller

Japanese-Americans and America in Literature
This paper discusses the relationship of Japanese-Americans to America as portrayed in 'No-No Boy' by John Okada and 'Nisei Daughter' by Monica Sone.
# 108616 | 1,900 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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In this article, the writer notes that on February 19, 1942, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japanese troops, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, setting into motion the mass internment of over 110,000 Japanese-Americans in camps throughout the continental U.S. without trial or charge. Long the victims of racial discrimination, these Japanese-Americans found themselves the targets of an entire nation's hostilities during the war. The writer points out that this act of mass exclusion by the United States prompted very different reactions among the Japanese-American community, key examples of which are found in Monica Sone's 'Nisei Daughter' and John Okada's 'No-no Boy'. The writer discusses that these books, written in the 1950s, after the Japanese internment had ended, present two diametrically opposite responses to the internment of Japanese-American citizens, and explore the newly emerging relationship between Japanese-Americans and the United States in the post-war era.

From the Paper:

"Continuing where Nisei Daughter left off, but diverging sharply in its portrayal of the Japanese-American experience in the United States, No-No Boy traces the attempts made by Ichiro Yamada, a Japanese American internee who declined to serve in the U.S. army, and the novels central character, to integrate into American society following his internment and consequential imprisonment. The book explores the failure of Japanese American integration in the racially charged aftermath of the Second World War, and is unique in that it develops almost exclusively within the confines of Japanese American culture, where discrimination manifests itself even within the same race."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amoko, Apollo O.. Resilient ImagiNations: No-No Boy, Obasan and the Limits of Minority Discourse. Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, Sep2000, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p35.
  • Kim, Daniel Y.. Once More, with Feeling: Cold War Masculinity and the Sentiment of Patriotism in John Okada's No-No Boy. Criticism, Winter2005, Vol. 47 Issue 1, p65-83.
  • Lim, Shirley Geok-lin. Japanese American women's life stories: Maternality in Monica Sone's 'Nisei Daughter' and Joy Kogawa's Obasan. Feminist Studies; Summer90, Vol. 16 Issue 2. 28 October 2006. University of Florida. <http://search.ebscohost.com.lp.hscl.ufl.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9011260505&site=ehost-live>. (No page numbers).
  • Ling, Jinqi. Race, power, and cultural politics in John Okada's No-No Boy. American Literature, Jun95, Vol. 67 Issue 2, p359.
  • Sone, Monica. Nisei Daughter. Seattle: University of Washington Press. 1979.

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