282 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
“No-No Boy has the honour of being the very firstJapanese American novel,” writes novelist Ruth Ozeki in her newforeword to John Okada’s classic of Asian American literature.No-No Boy tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a fictionalversion of the real-life “no-no boys,” who answered“no” twice in a compulsory government questionnaire as towhether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to theUnited States. Unwilling to pledge himself to the country that internedhim and his family, Ichiro earns two years in prison and the hostilityof his family and community when he returns home to Seattle.
John Okada was born in Seattle in 1923. He served inthe US Army in the Second World War, attended the University ofWashington and Columbia University, and died of a heart attack at theage of 47. No-No Boy is his only published novel.
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