Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Hawai'i Press
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In 1992 I fell in love with Asian American history in the dimly lit stacks of the Barnard College library. I was just beginning research on my senior thesis project, and I followed the call numbers to the small collection of Asian American studies books where the grandfathers of the field lined ...
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At the end of the nineteenth century in Oakland, California, love coursed through Yone Noguchi as he climbed up a hillside bursting with spring flowers. Noguchi had just begun corresponding with western writer Charles Warren Stoddard, and he felt intoxicated with affection....
Chapter 1 An Ocean Apart, 1875–1897
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In a small town called Tsushima ten miles west of Nagoya City in Japan, Okuwa Noguchi gave birth to her fourth son, Yonejiro, on December 8, 1875. Okuwa’s husband Denbei worked as a merchant selling paper, umbrellas, and ...
Chapter 2 Two Shy Stars, 1897–1900
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In September of 1897 as Yone Noguchi slept, he dreamt of his new “love” Charles Warren Stoddard. He had long been pondering a poem for his “dearest Charlie,” and in the stillness of the night, verses came to him as if a gift from God. “It is our fate that we drift away from each ...
Chapter 3 To the Bungalow and Beyond, 1900–1904
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In May of 1900, Yone Noguchi’s long-awaited visit to Charles Warren Stoddard finally materialized. As he prepared for his departure, he exclaimed, “At last! At last! The time has arrived! . . . I suppose you will welcome me with your heartfelt words of delight and love. At last the time ...
Chapter 4 Queer Intimacies, 1899–1904
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By December 1903 Yone Noguchi appeared to be married to Léonie Gilmour, even as he reinforced his engagement to Ethel Armes and wrote letters of affection to Charles Warren Stoddard. Yone and Ethel’s relationship proved particularly tortured as the two waded through countless ...
Chapter 5 Double Crossings, 1904–1909
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When Yone Noguchi arrived home in Japan in September 1904 after thirteen years abroad, he faced an overwhelming welcome. Dinners and receptions in his honor took place every day. While he wrote to Charles Warren Stoddard of the “nuisance” of all the events that left him ...
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The memory of Yone Noguchi faded significantly in the decades that followed his return to Japan. Almost a century after Noguchi left the United States, literary critic Edward Marx pressed for his recognition, a neglected pioneer of Asian American ...
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Publication Year: 2012