Abstract

ABSTRACTS:

My essay explores the Christian themes of penance and confession in John Okada’s No-No Boy, a facet of the novel alluded to by contemporary scholarship but rarely focused on specifically. My analysis contends that Okada frames Ichiro Yamada’s involvement with Christian organizations prophetic of the schema of the emerging model minority myth, through which he indicts those institutions not only for their false promises of inclusion, but for the political silencing that they demand of Ichiro in exchange for reintegration into US society. In No-No Boy, church spaces function not only to stage the performance of this silence, but to actively facilitate converting Ichiro from a “yellow peril” figure (that warrants internment) to a model minority that might demonstrate how reconciliation to the state must proceed for other former internees.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1542-4286
Print ISSN
0093-3139
Pages
pp. 371-393
Launched on MUSE
2019-05-15
Open Access
No
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