282 pages, 5 3/20 x 8 4/25
Paperback
Release Date:01 Aug 2014
ISBN:9780295994048
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No-No Boy

University of Washington Press
No-No Boy has the honour of being the very first Japanese American novel,” writes novelist Ruth Ozeki in her new foreword to John Okada’s classic of Asian American literature. No-No Boy tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a fictional version of the real-life “no-no boys,” who 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.
RELATED TOPICS: Asian Studies, Fiction, History
John Okada was born in Seattle in 1923. He served in the US Army in the Second World War, attended the University of Washington and Columbia University, and died of a heart attack at the age of 47. No-No Boy is his only published novel.
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