I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita

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2010 National Book Award Finalist
2010-2011 Asian/Pacific American Library Association (APALA) Book Award Winner in Adult Fiction
2010 California Book Award Winner

Dazzling and ambitious, this hip, multi-voiced fusion of prose, playwriting, graphic art, and philosophy spins an epic tale of America’s struggle for civil rights as it played out in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Divided into ten novellas, one for each year, I Hotel begins in 1968, when Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, students took to the streets, the Vietnam War raged, and cities burned.

As Karen Yamashita’s motley cast of students, laborers, artists, revolutionaries, and provocateurs make their way through the history of the day, they become caught in a riptide of politics and passion, clashing ideologies and personal turmoil. And by the time the survivors unite to save the International Hotel—epicenter of the Yellow Power Movement—their stories have come to define the very heart of the American experience.
 

About Karen Tei Yamashita

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Heralded as a "big talent" by the Los Angeles Times, Karen Tei Yamashita is an American Book Award and Janet Heidinger Kafka Award winner. A California native who has also lived in Brazil and Japan, she is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California-Santa Cruz, where she received the Chancellor's Award for Diversity in 2009. Leland Wong is an illustrator, photographer, and screen printer renowned for his documentation of the Asian American experience. He lives in San Francisco. Sina Grace is a comic book artist and graphic novelist who lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published June 1, 2010 by Coffee House Press. 640 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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a burly Samoan who escapes being busted for illegally fishing by telling a warden, “See this tattoo?…This is my hunting license.” Elements of the picaresque and the satirical play against passages that are almost documentary as the characters struggle to keep the hotel from being gentrified—and t...

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At more than 600 pages, "I Hotel" may appear massive, but it is precisely structured, bringing life and voice to the immigrant residents of the now-defunct hotel.

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At the same time, another, less-remembered revolution was unfolding at a rundown old hotel on the edge of the city's Financial District -- the Yellow Power Movement, which gave birth to the term "Asian-American."

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But when Steinbeck came up for discussion by a couple of characters I had the wish that Yamashita had stuck with a more traditional form in telling this important story, something more akin to the great novel East of Eden, the first book, as those who know the novel will recall, in which a Chines...

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Publisher: Coffee House Press Product Description 2010 National Book Award Finalist
2010-2011 Asian/Pacific American Library Association (APALA) Book Award Winner in Adult Fiction
2010 California Book Award W...

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