My Postwar Life by Elizabeth McKenzie
New Writings from Japan and Okinawa

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This selection of new work by some of Japan's most eminent observers and artists offers a richly nuanced perspective on the complex relationship between Japan and the U.S. in the long aftermath of war.

With an interview with former Nagasaki Mayor Hitoshi Motoshima, the photography of Shomei Tomatsu, a play by Masataka Matsuda, the illustrated diary of Noboru Tokuda, soldier in the Imperial Army, and featuring Fiction, Poetry and Essays by:

Deni Y. Bechard * Christopher Yohmei Blasdel * Hiroshi Fukurai * Ryuta Imafuku * Setsuko Ishiguro * Roland Kelts * Mari Kotani * Leza Lowitz * Janice Nakao * Shogo Oketani * Tami Sakiyama * Kim Shi-Jong* Keijiro Suga * Iona Sugihara * Goro Takano * Ben Takara* Takayuki Tatsumi * Stewart Wachs * Stephen Woodhams * Kentaro Yamaki * Katsunori Yamazato

Over 100 photos and illustrations

Reader s Guide Included

The war haunts everything. It is the blot that names: zainichi, hibakusha, Okinawan, nisei, renunciant, POW, comfort woman, Merikan, juri. War s occupation will control and censor every outcome, will obliterate the aftermath of starvation, black markets, and prostitution, will reinstate the zaibatsu and create an economic miracle and subservient ally. The artists and writers here were and are the born-into recipients of all this. This is their memory.

from the Foreword by Karen Tei Yamashita, author of I-Hotel, National Book Award Finalist

 

About Elizabeth McKenzie

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Elizabeth McKenzie was the recipient of a Japan US-Friendship Commission Fellowship in 2010. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, the Pushcart Prize anthology, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and The New York Times, among others. Her story collection Stop That Girl was short-listed for The Story Prize, and was a Newsday and School Library Journal Top Ten Book of the Year. Her novel MacGregor Tells the World was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the year, a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book, and a School Library Journal Top Ten Book of the year. McKenzie is co- Editor of the Chicago Quarterly Review and lives in Santa Cruz, California. Karen Tei Yamashita is a Japanese American writer from California. She lived for nine years in Brazil, the setting for her first two novels, Through the Arc of the Rain Forest (Coffee House Press, 1990), awarded the American Book Award and The Janet Heidinger Kafka Award, and Brazil-Maru, named by the Village Voice as one of the 25 best books of 1992. Her third novel, set in Los Angeles, Tropic of Orange (1997), was a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize. A fourth book of mix genres in fiction and nonfiction, Circle K Cycles (2001), is based on her research of the Brazilian community in Japan. Her most recent novel, I Hotel (2010), awarded the California Book Award, the American Book Award, the Asian Pacific American Library Association Award, and finalist for the National Book Award, is set in the San Francisco Bay Area and the historic backdrop of the Asian American movement from 1968 to 1977. Currently, she is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
 
Published September 15, 2012 by Chicago Quarterly Review Books. 328 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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