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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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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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802142399
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/9/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,475,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2006

    Thank god im done!!

    I was hoping for a good read book for my english project but am very disappointed after I finished the first page of this novel. Mura's experience in Japan is worth recording down in a book but unfortunatally it could not spark the interest of a high school student. Although many parts were boring, it was a good chance for me and my classmates to explore the culture of Japan through the eyes of David Mura. His view of Japan did light up many project ideas for my english project and my group received an 'A' thanks to him. Overall it is an average book that I would never dream of picking up in a bookstore or library.

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