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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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House of Memory

House of Memory

Imagining Karen Tei Yamashita’s I Hotel

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(p.143) Chapter Nine House of Memory
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Karen Tei Yamashita
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A. Robert Lee

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824872946.003.0010

This essay explores how Yamashita so fashions the ten hotel-novellas in her largest work, I Hotel, as to mirror the many-roomed historic San Francisco original with its old-time Filipino and Japanese worker population and whose demolition became a prime focus for the birth of 1960s Asian American radicalism. The hotel serves as both fact and image for the memory of a history from the 1882 Immigration Act to Order 9066 and wartime internment, and from West Coast labor history to US Asian student radicalism in the era of the Vietnam War. The one reflexively is carried in the other, text and history.

Keywords:   San Francisco, Workers, Hotel, Memory, Demolition, Radicalism, Labor, Campus, Student

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