Award-winning poet David Mura's critically acclaimed memoir Turning Japanese chronicles how a year in Japan transformed his sense of self and pulled into sharp focus his complicated inheritance. Mura is a sansei, a third-generation Japanese-American who grew up on baseball and hot dogs in a Chicago suburb, where he heard more Yiddish than Japanese. Turning Japanese chronicles his quest for identity with honesty, intelligence, and poetic vision and it stands as a classic meditation on difference and assimilation and is a valuable window onto a country that has long fascinated our own. Turning Japanese was a New York Times Notable Book and winner of an Oakland PEN Josephine Miles Book Award. This edition includes a new afterword by the author.
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Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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.