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In The Affinity of the Eye: Writing Nikkei in Peru, Ignacio López-Calvo rises above the political emergence of the Fujimori phenomenon and uses politics and literature to provide one of the first comprehensive looks at how the Japanese assimilated and inserted themselves into Peruvian culture. Through contemporary writers’ testimonies, essays, fiction, and poetry, López-Calvo constructs an account of the cultural formation of Japanese migrant communities. With deftly sensitive interviews and comments, he portrays the difficulties of being a Japanese Peruvian. Despite a few notable examples, Asian Peruvians have been excluded from a sense of belonging or national identity in Peru, which provides López-Calvo with the opportunity to record what the community says about their own cultural production. In so doing, López-Calvo challenges fixed notions of Japanese Peruvian identity.

The Affinity of the Eye scrutinizes authors such as José Watanabe, Fernando Iwasaki, Augusto Higa, Doris Moromisato, and Carlos Yushimito, discussing their literature and their connections to the past, present, and future. Whether these authors push against or accept what it means to be Japanese Peruvians, they enrich the images and feelings of that experience. Through a close reading of literary and cultural productions, López-Calvo’s analysis challenges and reframes the parameters of being Nikkei in Peru.

Covering both Japanese issues in Peru and Peruvian issues in Japan, the book is more than a compendium of stories, characters, and titles. It proves the fluid, enriching, and ongoing relationship that exists between Peru and Japan.

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  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-11
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  1. Foreword: Peruvian Japonisms - Fernando Iwasaki
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-17
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  1. A Note on Translation
  2. pp. xvii-21
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. Part I. Nikkei Testimonials
  2. pp. 31-53
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  1. 1. Seiichi Higashide’s Adiós to Tears: Flexible Citizenship, American War Propaganda, and the Birth of Anti-Japanese Hysteria in Peru
  2. pp. 33-66
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  1. 2. Okinawa, el reino de la cortesía and Okinawa: Un sigloen el Perú: Dialogues with Nationalism and Renegotiations of (Sub)Ethnicity
  2. pp. 67-90
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  1. Part II. Nikkei Narratives
  2. pp. 91-113
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  1. 3. Nippo-Peruvian Self-Identification in Augusto Higa’s La iluminación de Katzuo Nakamatsu and Japón noda dos oportunidades
  2. pp. 93-114
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  1. 4. Lima [plus] Seville = Okinawa: The Japanese as Caricature in Fernando Iwasaki’s España, aparta de mí estos premios
  2. pp. 115-135
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  1. 5. Carlos Yushimito’s Post-nationalist and Post-identitarian Short Stories
  2. pp. 136-159
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  1. Part III. Nikkei Poetry
  2. pp. 161-183
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  1. 6. Japanese Culture and the Politics of Cultural Belonging in José Watanabe’s Poetry
  2. pp. 163-181
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  1. 7. Gender Roles, Sexuality, and Uchinanchu Cultural Identity in Doris Moromisato’s Poetry
  2. pp. 182-198
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 199-209
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-245
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  1. Chronological List of Analyzed Works
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 249-258
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-262
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 263-284
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816599875
Related ISBN(s)
9780816525980
MARC Record
OCLC
832316041
Pages
283
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-13
Language
English
Open Access
No

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