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Turning Japanese : Memoirs of a Sansei

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A journal of discovery by a poet and third-generation Japanese-American who explores the sense of difference that haunts him both at home and in Japan.

Chronicles Mura's sojourn in the country his grandfather left at the turn of the century.

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1991 Paperback First Edition First Printing Cover is clean and bright. No ceasing to spine. Minor edgewear near middle top-a scrape covers a small area, another abrasion to the ... rt near cover edge size-small. Over all condition very good Satisfaction guaranteed/Fast shipping Cover is clean and bright. No ceasing to spine. Minor edgewear near middle top-a scrape covers a small area, another abrasion to the rt near cover edge size-small. Over all condition very g. n 1984, David Mura, a third-generation Japanese-American, was awarded a writing grant to live in Japan. After years of ignoring his ethnic heritage, Mura, with his wife (an American), embarked on a trip that profoundly changed his life. Turning Japanese chronicles his quest for self-knowledge and racial identity. Read more Show Less

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Overview

A journal of discovery by a poet and third-generation Japanese-American who explores the sense of difference that haunts him both at home and in Japan.

Chronicles Mura's sojourn in the country his grandfather left at the turn of the century.

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An American poet of Japanese descent, Mura first went to Japan in 1984, to live in Tokyo for a year with his wife. He learned Japanese, studied Noh and Butoh dance, traveled and found himself receptive to aspects of a culture that many Americans have found off-putting. A record of his observations, this volume is imbued with a youthful, exploratory tone that takes on greater seriousness as Mura realizes that in the U.S. he had labored under a subtle discrimination. Amid ``thousands of faces that look like mine'' he discovers a sudden, heady sense of belonging. Yet ultimately this is his working-through of what it means to be an Asian who feels more at home in America than in his ancestral country (``too rule-oriented, too polite, too circumscribed''). Mura's effort is not without flaws--the dialogue can be awkward and the book, at 370 pages, would have profited from tightening. But it seems an honest account, and is at all times interesting. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385423441
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.23 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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