joy kogawa: obasan

I mentioned on my Instagram a few months ago that I have very little experience reading Japanese-American literature, particularly when it comes to texts focusing on what it was like being Japanese during WWII. Aside from the classic No-No Boy by John Okada, which was assigned during one of my undergrad classes, I hadn’t picked up any […]

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alexander chee: how to write an autobiographical novel

The last few months have inadvertently been focused on Asian-American writers and memoirs/creative non-fiction type works — and I have no complaints about that. The latest text is Alexander Chee‘s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel that I had seen highly raved about around the internet. I tend to pick up these hyped books months later […]

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ruth ozeki: a tale for the time being

Like The Sympathizer by Viet Than Nguyen (which was my previous read), Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being was a book that I saw make the rounds online before I finally picked it up — the cover is absolutely stunning, so I can’t blame anyone on Instagram for showcasing it. I finished The Sympathizer sooner than I had anticipated, […]

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