Japanese Identity in Monica Sone's Nisei Daughter Book Review by Miller

Japanese Identity in Monica Sone's Nisei Daughter
A review of the novel "Nisei Daughter," by Monica Sone.
# 108617 | 1,088 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Oct 19, 2008 in Asian Studies (Asian American) , Literature (American)

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This paper discusses Monica Sone's novel, "Nisei Daughter," and the choice that Kazuko, the heroine, ultimately makes to be American, instead of Japanese. The writer examines the reasons behind the change in tone from the beginning of the book, where racial difference is a source of fear to the Itoi family, to the end, where Kazuko sees the internment as an event that helped her to reconcile the two parts of herself. One reason is that since the novel was written in the post-war period, Japanese-American citizens were constantly under scrutiny, and criticism of the internment camps might have triggered hostility. The writer concludes that Kazuko's acceptance of the government's actions may have been her only recourse in order not to incur further racism.

From the Paper:

"It is quite possible that this defeat began when the Itois were forced to destroy their Japanese belongings, and only culminated in the conclusion of the novel. While burning her Japanese language schoolbooks, which Kazuko remarked that she "had been saving over a period of ten years with the thought that they might come in handy when [she] wanted to teach Japanese to [her] own children," she watched them "flame and shrivel into black ashes." With her plans for teaching her children Japanese gone, part of her Japanese self was defeated as well, an event that surely the American Government would have expected to happen in all Japanese-American citizens, and almost certainly the reasoning behind their insistence of destroying such materials."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Sone, Monica. Nisei Daughter. Seattle: University of Washington Press. 1979.
  • 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)

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