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The Politics Of Life

Velina Houston

Publication Year: 1993

Published by: Temple University Press


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p. ix-ix

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pp. xi-xiii

First and Foremost, I express my gratitude to Sucheng Chan and Roberta Uno, whose support for and belief in my creative and academic vision enriched and encouraged the development of this book. I give special thanks to Sucheng Chan for her editing expertise. I also express my appreciation to the playwrights for writing these plays, allowing them to be included in this volume, and providing supportive information about their backgrounds and careers. In...

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pp. 1-31

Japanese Poet Kazuko Shiraishi's poem "I Fire at the Face of the Country Where I Was Born" 1 reveals the feminine experience as a political experience-as an existence belabored by the dogs of history, the senility of history, contemporary societal perspectives about women, and the need to manage the rage often catalyzed by these burdens. The pistol of confession aimed at our beloved country-that is the reality at which the Asian American woman...

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Wakako Yamauchi

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pp. 32-43

Born in California's Imperial Valley in 1924 to Issei (firstgeneration Japanese American) parents, Wakako Yamauchi was one of four siblings, sharing her life with two sisters and a brother. Her father, Yasaku Nakamura, had come to the United States from Shimizu, Japan, where his family specialized in the making of kamaboko (a Japanese fish cake). The playwright's mother, Hamako Machida...


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pp. 45-100

The Chairman's Wife

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pp. 101-149

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Genny Lim

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pp. 151-162

Genny Lim was born in 1946 in San Francisco, where she grew up as the youngest of seven children. Her parents, Edward and Lin Sun Lim, are both natives of Kwantung, China. Her father resided in the Bay Area as a young boy and met Lim's mother on a return trip to China. Lim studied theater and liberal arts at San Francisco State University as an undergraduate and went on to earn a master of arts in English with a creative writing emphasis. In addition, she was a graduate fellow in the Columbia University Broadcast Journalism...

Bitter Cane

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pp. 163-204

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Velina Hasu Houston

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pp. 205-217

I grew up in Junction City, Kansas, a small town that survives on agriculture and the military, next door to Fort Riley, a U.S. Army base. I lived In a community of Japanese American families and Amerasian offspring. The mothers are natives of Japan, and the fathers are American men of various racial extractions who served in World War II and met their international brides during the U.S. occupation of Japan. Junction City also has a large number of European...

Asa Ga Kimashita (Morning Has Broken)

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pp. 219-274

E-ISBN-13: 9781439906163

Publication Year: 1993