Archives for July 2012

The beauty of youth

LYCHEE LIGHT CLUB By Usamaru Furuya (New York: Vertical Inc., 2011, 328 pp., $16.95, paperback) Growing up is hard. Young boys face adolescence and their oncoming adult lives with eyes like those of a deer caught in headlights. In that sense, “Lychee Light Club” is a “Lord of the Flies” for the new century, as […]

When pursuing love means crossing color lines and breaking sexual and gender hierarchies

QUEER COMPULSIONS: RACE, NATIONS, AND SEXUALITY IN THE AFFAIRS OF YONE NOGUCHI By Amy Sueyoshi (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2012, 248 pp., $40, cloth) Amy Sueyoshi, an associate professor at San Francisco State University, has produced an important and timely study of racial, class, sexual and gender hierarchies at the turn of the 20th […]

A seemingly implausible story provides ‘ingenious’ overview of midcentury U.S.

IN THOUGHT AND ACTION: THE ENIGMATIC LIFE OF S. I. HAYAKAWA By Gerald W. Haslam with Janice E. Haslam (Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 2011, $26.95, 472 pp., paperback) There is a classic debate between historians and novelists. We historians insist that we have a more difficult job than novelists in their writing, because […]

Nikkei stories of survival

FAMILY TORN APART: THE INTERNMENT STORY OF THE OTOKICHI MUIN OZAKI FAMILY Edited By Gail Honda (Honolulu: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, 2012, 312 pp., $26, paperback) GO FOR BROKE! ME AND THE WAR By Isami (Mike) Tsuji (Fullerton, Calif.: Nikkei Writers Guild, A Division of Japanese American Living Legacy, 2011, 160 pp., $14, paperback) […]

Dream big, or go home

IT’S A BIG WORLD, LITTLE PIG! By Kristi Yamaguchi, illustrated by Tim Bowers (Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks, 2012, 32 pp., $16.99, hardcover) Sansei Olympic figure skating medalist Kristi Yamaguchi has written this sequel to last year’s “Dream Big, Little Pig.” Our heroine Poppy the Pig travels to Paris for an ice skating competition. Her apprehension about […]

Sketches of an unusual life

OH! POSTON, WHY DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME?: AND OTHER STOPS ALONG THE WAY By Paul M. Okimoto (Bloomington, Ind.: Xlibris Corporation, 2011, 203 pp., $19.99, paperback) Paul M. Okimoto’s new self-published volume is less an autobiography than a series of sketches from his unusual life path. In fact, if the phrase “Adventures of a […]

FAMILY: The ties that bind

FLYING THE DRAGON By Natalie Diaz Lorenzi (Watertown, Mass., Charlesbridge Publishing, 2012, 233 pp., $16.95, hardcover) Eleven-year-old Sky lives in Virginia with her Japanese father and Caucasian mother, never giving much thought to her father’s estranged relatives in Japan. Eleven-year-old Hiroshi lives in Japan with his parents and grandfather. Grandfather is moving to America for […]

A lyrical look at the ‘Japanese Plymouth Rock’

STRONG AS SILK: THE STORY OF THE GOLD HILL WAKAMATSU TEA AND SILK COLONY By Brigit Truex (San Pedro, Calif.: Lummox Press, 2012, 138 pp., $18, paperback) “Strong as Silk” is a wonderful summer read and an interesting attempt to stir the imagination of what it must have been like as the historic Wakamatsu Tea […]

OBITUARY: Rev. Junjo Tsumura

TSUMURA, REV. JUNJO, 87, passed away on July 22, 2012. The San Jose resident was born Sept. 15, 1924. Rev. Tsumura is survived by his wife of 57 years, Teruko; his son, Ken; his daughter, Jayne (Kenneth Tan); his grandchildren, Kyle and Kelly; and his brother, Ed. Born near Osaka, Japan in 1924, he first […]

Seattle Mariners deal Ichiro to Yankees

SEATTLE (Kyodo) — Seattle Mariners icon Ichiro Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees on July 23. The 38-year-old outfielder, a 10-time All-Star with the Mariners, whom he joined in 2001, was dealt in exchange for cash and two minor league prospects after Suzuki requested Seattle trade him. Suzuki, the American League’s 2001 rookie […]

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