No-No Boy

Auteur: John Okada
Taal: Engels
No-No Boy
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780295994048
  • Druk: 1
  • juni 2014
  • 264 pagina's
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John Okada

John Okada (1923-1971) was born in Seattle, Washington, and was interned during World War II at the Minidoka War Relocation Center before joining the U.S. Air Force and earning the rank of sergeant. After the war, he finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and earned a master's degree from Columbia University. His first and only novel, No-No Boy, was published in 1957. Okada died of a heart attack at the age of 47, leaving behind a wife and two children.

Karen Tei Yamashita was a National Book Award finalist for her novel I Hotel, which won the California Book Award, the American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award, and the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award. She has been a U.S. Artists Ford Foundation Fellow and a University of California Presidential Chair for Feminist Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. She is a professor of literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


No-No Boy has the honor of being among the first of what has become an entire literary canon of Asian American literature, writes novelist Ruth Ozeki in her new foreword. First published in 1957, No-No Boy was virtually ignored by a public eager to put World War II and the Japanese internment behind them. It was not until the mid-1970s that a new generation of Japanese American writers and scholars recognized the novel's importance and popularized it as one of literature's most powerful testaments to the Asian American experience. No-No Boy tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a fictional version of the real-life no-no boys. Yamada answered no twice in a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States. Unwilling to pledge himself to the country that interned him and his family, Ichiro earns two years in prison and the hostility of his family and community when he returns home to Seattle. As Ozeki writes, Ichiro's obsessive, tormented voice subverts Japanese postwar model-minority stereotypes, showing a fractured community and one man's threnody of guilt, rage, and blame as he tries to negotiate his reentry into a shattered world. The first edition of No-No Boy since 1979 presents this important work to new generations of readers.


Brilliant . . . Spectacular and troubling and topical . . . Filled with charged moments and observations. --Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air A daring book . . . A close literary kin to Richard Wright's Native Son . . . There is no other novel like it about Japanese Americans in the postwar period. . . . A cautionary tale . . . of the incarceration of immigrant families based on racial prejudice, executive privilege, and the false assertion of military necessity . . . Over a half century later, Okada's novel challenges us once again with the question of character, asking us, as individuals and as a society, what are we made of. --Karen Tei Yamashita, from the Introduction



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