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John Okada was born in Seattle, Washington in 1923. He attended the University of Washington and Columbia University. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, wrote one novel and was dead of a heart attack at the age of 47. John Okada died in obscurity believing that Asian America had rejected his work.

"Asian American readers will appreciate the sensitivity and integrity with which the late John Okada wrote about his own group. He heralded the beginning of an authentic Japanese American literature."--Gordon Hirabayashi, Pacific Affairs

"Nisei will recognize the authenticity of the idioms Okada's characters use, as well as his descriptions of the familiar Issei and Nisei mannerisms that make them come alive." --Bill Hosokawa, Pacific Citizen

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rwasson3, October 20, 2014 (view all comments by rwasson3)
an important piece, maybe THE Important piece, of the Asian American literary canon. Okada served as a translator during WWII, then returned home and wrote this novel about the men most Japanese Americans viewed as traitors to the community. the story is powerful. one of the few books i've reread several times.
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clumsyjman007, June 4, 2014 (view all comments by clumsyjman007)
I would definitely recommend this book to late teens and above, not because it's a hard read, but because you would at least need to have an interest in history, and know what was going on at this point in time. It was a good read overall, and touches base on a part of our history that not a lot of people know about.
We should all know about this piece of our history.
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412Scott, January 27, 2014 (view all comments by 412Scott)
At it's best, Okada provides a tragic, wandering tale of post World War II America where 2nd generation Japanese Americans were outsiders facing new integration challenges. The characters echo Lost Generation literature from Fitzgerald and Hemingway, but provide a very early glimpse into the Asian experience in America that moves this novel into unique standing. At times, the narration borders on Steinbeck-esque intrusion/political insight/commentary, and for modern readers the lack of symbolism or more artistic literary efforts might make this a 2 or 3 rating. But for anyone missing knowledge about internment camps, the plausible grind of the protagonist Ichiro stumbling through a newly unfamiliar Pacific Northwest is gripping.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780295955254
Designed:
Inada, Lawson Fusao
Designed:
Chin, Frank
Designed by:
Chin, Frank
Designed by:
Inada, Lawson Fusao
Designed:
Inada, Lawson Fusao
Designed:
Chin, Frank
Author:
Inada, Lawson Fusao
Author:
Okada, John
Author:
Chin, Frank
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Location:
Seattle :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Japanese
Subject:
Japanese Americans
Subject:
Japanese Americans -- Fiction.
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Washington (state)
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Asian American Studies
Subject:
Literature
Copyright:
Series Volume:
6862
Publication Date:
December 1980
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.47x5.37x.61 in. .70 lbs.

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