Haunted by Waters

Haunted by Waters : A Journey Through Race and Place in the American West

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Even though race influenced how Americans envisioned, represented, and shaped the American West, discussions of its history devalue the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities. In this lyrical history of marginalized peoples in Idaho, Robert T. Hayashi views the West from a different perspective by detailing the ways in which they shaped the western landscape and its meaning. As an easterner, researcher, angler, and third-generation Japanese American traveling across the contemporary Idaho landscape - where his grandfather died during internment during World War II - Hayashi reconstructs a landscape that lured emigrants of all races at the same time its ruling forces were developing cultured processes that excluded nonwhites. Throughout each convincing and compelling chapter, he searches for the stories of dispossessed minorities as patiently as he searches for trout.Using a wide range of materials that include memoirs, oral interviews, poetry, legal cases, letters, government documents, and even road signs, Hayashi illustrates how Thomas Jefferson's vision of an agrarian, all-white, and democratic West affected the Gem State's Nez Perce, Chinese, Shoshone, Mormon, and particularly Japanese residents. Starting at the site of the Corps of Discovery's journey into Idaho, he details the ideological, aesthetic, and material manifestations of these inter-twined notions of race and place. As he fly-fishes Idaho's fabled rivers and visits its historical sites and museums, Hayashi reads the contemporary landscape in light of this evolution.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 214 pages
  • 147.32 x 236.22 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • Revised and Upd.
  • 12 photos, 1 map
  • 1587296101
  • 9781587296109

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"Luminous as Idaho s fabled trout streams, "Haunted by Waters" recounts how racialized minorities, including native peoples, Hawaiians, Chinese, and Japanese, transformed spaces into places in the physical and social landscape of the American West. And in the course of this journey, we come to discover a river to ourselves." Gary Y. Okihiro, Columbia University"show more

About Robert T. Hayashi

Robert T. Hayashi is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Haunted by Waters is his first book.show more

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