A Japanese Robinson Crusoe [NOOK Book]

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First published in 1898 and long out of print, A Japanese Robinson Crusoe by Jenichiro Oyabe (1867-1941) is a pioneering work of Asian American literature. It recounts Oyabe's early life in Japan, his journey west, and his education at two historically Black colleg├Ęs, detailing in the process his gradual transformation from Meiji gentleman to self-proclaimed "Japanese Yankee." Like a Victorian novelist, Oyabe spins a tale that mixes faith and exoticism, social analysis and humor. His story fuses classic American ...
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A Japanese Robinson Crusoe

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Overview

First published in 1898 and long out of print, A Japanese Robinson Crusoe by Jenichiro Oyabe (1867-1941) is a pioneering work of Asian American literature. It recounts Oyabe's early life in Japan, his journey west, and his education at two historically Black colleg├Ęs, detailing in the process his gradual transformation from Meiji gentleman to self-proclaimed "Japanese Yankee." Like a Victorian novelist, Oyabe spins a tale that mixes faith and exoticism, social analysis and humor. His story fuses classic American narratives of self-creation and the self-made man (and, in some cases, the tall tale) with themes of immigrant belonging and "whiteness." Although he compares himself with the castaway Robinson Crusoe, Oyabe might best be described as a combination of Crusoe and his faithful servant Friday, the Christianized man of color who hungers to be enlightened by Western ways.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940023708881
  • Publisher: The Pilgrim Press
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1898 volume
  • File size: 280 KB

Table of Contents

An Introduction Greg Robinson Robinson, Greg Yujin Yaguchi Yaguchi, Yujin 1

A Japanese Robinson Crusoe Jenichiro Oyabe Oyabe, Jenichiro

Ch. I Origin-Childhood 37

Ch. II Leaving Father's House 43

Ch. III At Yezo Island 49

Ch. IV On to America 55

Ch. V Crossing Kurile Islands 61

Ch. VI On Russian Soil 66

Ch. VII Sent Back to Japan 71

Ch. VIII Wandering on the South Sea 78

Ch. IX At the Ryukyu Islands 85

Ch. X In the Chinese Empire 93

Ch. XI Voyage to America 100

Ch. XII Darkest America 108

Ch. XIII Light of America 117

Ch. XIV In American Schools 125

Ch. XV At the Capital - University Life 134

Ch. XVI Lecturer - Visiting Europe 141

Ch. XVII Studying at New Haven 150

Ch. XVIII Vision of Future Work - Ordination 158

Ch. XIX Departure from America 165

Ch. XX At the Hawaiian Islands - Return to America 173

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Disappointing

    The first half of the autobiography is adventurous, but the second half of the story, and his life, loses its meaning, and wanders aimlessly. Also, the copy is full of typos and apparent omissions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Imperialistic

    This guy is convinced beyond a doubt that the west is so superior in its morals and culture to the eastern heathen barbarism he disdains. At times i felt i was reading from the perspective of a european traveler to some cannbalistic island in the nineteenth century when the author talks so poorly of his culture. I wonder if he lived to see the bombing of hiroshima and nagasaki by his noble christian americans would he see it as the hand of god crushing the heathen budhists and atheists? The man seems to have been brainwashed by the american misonaries in his youth to feel such a way about his rich cultural heritage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2011

    First half exciting

    The first half was interesting, and then it becomes very boring and unexciting.

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