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This book collects two novellas by the noted Japanese painter: “Family Business” and “1,001 Pillars of Flame.” In the first, Megumi—like the author, a long-time resident of the United States—pays a visit to her now eighty-seven-year-old mother in Japan. After so many years living abroad, Megumi simply can't understand contemporary Japan, and when her nephew runs away from home, and her elderly mother gives chase, Megumi finds herself having to relearn Japanese survival skills in an effort to bring them home safely. In “1,001 Pillars of Fire,” another Japanese-American woman, Yu, has been living in California for decades—which makes it all the more painful that she’s just as subject to discrimination now as ever. When, in the wake of the Rodney King trial, LA’s African-American population begins to riot, Yu learns just how much damage exclusion can do—finding it even within her own family.

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"Writer and painter Kometani brings her artist's eye for detail in the two novellas collected here. Megumi, the central character in 'Family Business' is, like Kometani, a Japanese American. When the 58 year-old artist returns to Japan to set up gallery showings, she quickly becomes embroiled in family business with a feisty 87 year old grandmother as well as a search for a rebellious nephew, Ichiro, who has dropped out of college and run away from home. Megumi mirrors the universal immigrant experience in that she still feels an outsider in California but also experiences culture shock in Japan after her long absence. Kometani employs the second novella, ('1,000 Fires Raging', as a vehicle for her outspoken denunciation of every face of discrimination and racism. Here, Yu, a Japanese-American Californian becomes both fearful and angry when race riots erupt throughout Los Angeles. Although her rage is strongly visceral, it becomes almost humorous when she projects it onto her injured, chauvinistic American husband. Kometani's sly humor and strong sense of place balance her outspoken and unflinching criticisms of both Japanese and American culture and politics. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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These touching novellas detail the difficulties of a Japanese woman to both adapt to her new life in the United States without abandoning ties to her family and community back home.

About the Author

Foumiko Kometani was born in Osaka in 1930. A longtime resident of the US, she began her career as an abstract painter before turning to writing. She won the Akutagawa Prize in 1985.

Mary G. Noguchi is a Professor of English in the College of Law at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.  Her research focuses on bilingualism in Japanese contexts and Japanese gender issues, while her translation credits include My Japanese Kitchen by Sadako Sawamura, as well as numerous articles for the Japan Quarterly.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781564788641
Author:
Kometani, Foumiko
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Author:
Goebel Noguchi, Mary
Author:
Noguchi, Mary Goebel
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
162
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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Product details 162 pages Dalkey Archive Press - English 9781564788641 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Writer and painter Kometani brings her artist's eye for detail in the two novellas collected here. Megumi, the central character in 'Family Business' is, like Kometani, a Japanese American. When the 58 year-old artist returns to Japan to set up gallery showings, she quickly becomes embroiled in family business with a feisty 87 year old grandmother as well as a search for a rebellious nephew, Ichiro, who has dropped out of college and run away from home. Megumi mirrors the universal immigrant experience in that she still feels an outsider in California but also experiences culture shock in Japan after her long absence. Kometani employs the second novella, ('1,000 Fires Raging', as a vehicle for her outspoken denunciation of every face of discrimination and racism. Here, Yu, a Japanese-American Californian becomes both fearful and angry when race riots erupt throughout Los Angeles. Although her rage is strongly visceral, it becomes almost humorous when she projects it onto her injured, chauvinistic American husband. Kometani's sly humor and strong sense of place balance her outspoken and unflinching criticisms of both Japanese and American culture and politics. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , These touching novellas detail the difficulties of a Japanese woman to both adapt to her new life in the United States without abandoning ties to her family and community back home.
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