No-No Boy tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a fictional version of the real-life "no-no boys." Yamada answered "no" twice in a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States. Unwilling to pledge himself to the country that interned him and his family, Ichiro earns two years in prison and the hostility of his family and community when he returns home to Seattle. As Ozeki writes, Ichiro's "obsessive, tormented" voice subverts Japanese postwar "model-minority" stereotypes, showing a fractured community and one man's "threnody of guilt, rage, and blame as he tries to negotiate his reentry into a shattered world."
The first edition of No-No Boy since 1979 presents this important work to new generations of readers.
- Paperback | 264 pages
- 140 x 216 x 20.32mm | 318g
- 11 Jun 2014
- University of Washington Press
- Seattle, United States
- black & white illustrations
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Table of contents
Introduction / Lawrence Fusao Inada
Afterword: In Search of John Okada / Frank Chin
About John Okada