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Karen Tei YamashitaFictions of Magic and Memory$
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A. Robert Lee

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780824872946

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824872946.001.0001

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Narratives of Dislocation in the Novels of Karen Tei Yamashita, Joy Kogawa, and Julie Otsuka

Narratives of Dislocation in the Novels of Karen Tei Yamashita, Joy Kogawa, and Julie Otsuka

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(p.24) Chapter Two Narratives of Dislocation in the Novels of Karen Tei Yamashita, Joy Kogawa, and Julie Otsuka
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Karen Tei Yamashita
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Cynthia F. Wong

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824872946.003.0003

This essay aligns three genealogical “Japanese” narratives. Wong first addresses Yamashita’s novels of migrant Brazil and residential California. Analysis follows of Joy Kogawa’s Obasan with its portrait of World War II internment in British Columbia. Julie Otsuka’s When The Emperor Was Divine is considered for its portrait of Topaz Camp, Utah, and The Buddha in the Attic as the story of Japanese picture brides. Each is compared with the other, subject and narrative technique.

Keywords:   Brazil, Dynasty, Memoir, Migrancy, Internment, Picture brides, First person narrative

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