Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei

Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei

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by David Mura
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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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ISBN-13:
9780871134318
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1990
Pages:
376

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