Starting from Loomis and Other Stories (Paperback)

By Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Tim Yamamura (Editor), Lane Ryo Hirabayashi (Afterword by)
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A memoir in short stories, "Starting from Loomis" chronicles the life of accomplished writer, playwright, poet, and actor Hiroshi Kashiwagi. In this dynamic portrait of an aging writer trying to remember himself as a younger man, Kashiwagi recalls and reflects upon the moments, people, forces, mysteries, and choices--the things in his life that he cannot forget--that have made him who he is.

Central to this collection are Kashiwagi's confinement at Tule Lake during World War II, his choice to answer "no" and "no" to questions 27 and 28 on the official government loyalty questionnaire, and the resulting lifelong stigma of being labeled a "No-No Boy" after his years of incarceration. His nonlinear, multifaceted writing not only reflects the fragmentations of memory induced by traumas of racism, forced removal, and imprisonment but also can be read as a bold personal response to the impossible conditions he and other Nisei faced throughout their lifetimes.

About the Author

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, an anthropologist, is the George and Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Internment, Redress & Community and chair of the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781607322535
ISBN-10: 1607322536
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Publication Date: November 7th, 2013
Pages: 172
Language: English