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I Hotel

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By (author) Karen Tei Yamashita, Illustrated by Leland Wong, Illustrated by Sina Grace

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  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Format: Paperback | 613 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 41mm | 930g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Minneapolis, MN
  • ISBN 10: 1566892392
  • ISBN 13: 9781566892391
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 237,883

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2010 National Book Award Finalist 2010-2011 Asian/Pacific American Library Association (APALA) Book Award Winner in Adult Fiction 2010 California Book Award Winner Dazzling and ambitious, this hip, multi-voiced fusion of prose, playwriting, graphic art, and philosophy spins an epic tale of America's struggle for civil rights as it played out in San Francisco's Chinatown. Divided into ten novellas, one for each year, "I Hotel" begins in 1968, when Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, students took to the streets, the Vietnam War raged, and cities burned. As Karen Yamashita's motley cast of students, laborers, artists, revolutionaries, and provocateurs make their way through the history of the day, they become caught in a riptide of politics and passion, clashing ideologies and personal turmoil. And by the time the survivors unite to save the International Hotel--epicenter of the Yellow Power Movement--their stories have come to define the very heart of the American experience.

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Heralded as a "big talent" by the Los Angeles Times, Karen Tei Yamashita is an American Book Award and Janet Heidinger Kafka Award winner. A California native who has also lived in Brazil and Japan, she is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California-Santa Cruz, where she received the Chancellor's Award for Diversity in 2009. Leland Wong is an illustrator, photographer, and screen printer renowned for his documentation of the Asian American experience. He lives in San Francisco. Sina Grace is a comic book artist and graphic novelist who lives in Los Angeles. Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of "Through the Arc of the Rain Forest," "Brazil-Maru," "Tropic of Orange," "Circle K Cycles," and "Anime Wong," all published by Coffee House Press. I Hotel was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award and awarded the California Book Award, the American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award, and the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award. She has been a US Artists Ford Foundation Fellow and is currently Professor of Literature and Creative Writing and the co-holder of the University of California Presidential Chair for Feminist & Critical Race & Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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"As original as it is political, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking, I Hotel is the result of a decade of research and writing that included more than 150 personal interviews. . . . [and] will be dog-eared and underlined and assigned to college reading lists for generations. . . . In the end, the way I Hotel accounts for the Asian American movement is both sweet and sour. And for all the losses Yamashita records, there are, we know, great achievements as well. High among them is this beautiful book." --"Washington Post Book World" "[Yamashita] hasn't gained the broad recognition she richly deserves."--"Reader's Digest" "Brilliant. . . . [Yamashita's] ambition is achieved with efficiency, showmanship and wit. . . . A surgically deft depiction of the political entwined with the personal. . . . Yamashita's book recalls what art is for: 'To resist death and dementia . . . To kiss . . . you good-bye, leaving the indelible spit of our DNA on still moist lips. Sweet. Sour. Salty. Bitter.' In other words, "I Hotel's" complex taste lingers and haunts, like something alive." --"Minneapolis Star Tribune" "As in her previous works, Yamashita incorporates satire and the surreal in prose that is playful yet knowing, fierce yet mournful, in a wildly multicultural landscape. . . . [A] passionate, bighearted novel." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "Yamashita captures the fiery righteousness--and self-righteousness--of the civil-rights movement. . . . The complexity of the era that led to the birth of Asian America. It's a glorious tone poem, a rich reminder of the multicultural, multifaceted past from which our city grows." --"San Francisco Magazine" "It's a stylistically wild ride, but it's smart, funny and entrancing." --Michael Schaub, National Public Radio "The breadth of "I Hotel's" embrace is encyclopedic and its effect is kaleidoscopic. It wants to inform and dazzle us on the confusions and conclusions on the question of culture and assi