John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy

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He is more known today than he was in his own lifetime. He published a fictionalized account of life in the camps that the Japanese-Americans were sent to, and it was not a vision that put America in a good light. Even though he died young and did not write a second book, his work has found a new audience ready and willing to take on the challenge of the No-No Boy and what it says about America. This is the life and times of John Okada. This book is split into three parts. The first part is a short biography of John Okada, including his time during the war. The second part contains works previously unknown until now: short stories, excerpts, poems, etc. The final part is a collection of essays by scholars that examines Mr. Okada’s novel and places it in its historical context. This will be a major boon for students who want to know more about John Okada, his life, and his work. The essays at the end are insightful, and even then they show that there is still a lot of ground to cover as well.

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Author Frank Abe, Editor • Greg Robinson, Editor • Floyd Cheung, Editor
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 376 pages
Publisher University of Washington Press
Publish Date 2018-Jul-15
ISBN 9780295743516
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Issue October 2018
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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