No-no Boy

No-no Boy

Book - 1981
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In the aftermath of World War II, Ichiro, a Japanese American, returns home to Seattle to make a new start after two years in an internment camp and two years in prison for refusing to be drafted.
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [1981], c1976
Branch Call Number: FICTION OKA PBK
Characteristics: xi, 260 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780295955254


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"'No-No Boy' received practically no public recognition upon its publication in 1957, when Americans wanted to leave behind the atrocities of WWII—including the Japanese American internment and the nuclear bomb. Thanks to the efforts of Asian American writers Jeff Chan, Frank Chin, Lawson Fu... Read More »

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Dec 17, 2020

"He walked along, thinking, searching, thinking and probing, and, in the darkness of the alley of the community that was a tiny bit of America, he chased that faint and elusive insinuation of promise as it continued to take shape in mind and in heart."
Reissue of an important novel of Japanese-American life and struggle. Sadly, Osaka died quite young. Also check out the anthology of Asian-American writers "Aiiieeeee!"

Sep 13, 2019

sent to Greg.

Jun 29, 2019

the 1956 novel by John Okada that describes a Japanese American community after the internment of WWII.

Apr 06, 2017

Even though it was published 60 years ago, this book doesn't feel dated. The issues of isolation, identity, and self-doubt transcend the decades and make you wonder what you would have done under similar circumstances. What is admirable about this book is that it was written by a yes-yes boy who showed his patriotism by service but who sought to understand the other point of view, patriotism by protest. The yes-yes boys earned honor, dignity, & respect back for the Japanese community. Gordon Hirabayashi, Fred Korematsu, and Minoru Yasui were instrumental in procuring the apology & reparations from the U.S. government. The correctness of the responses to the questionnaire depended on each individual and what he believed. Either way, it was a difficult road. History has shown that both choices were necessary under the circumstances. The author of "No-No Boy" seemed to have an inkling of that 60 years ago before most of us knew any better.

Sep 09, 2015

Okada is prone to run-on sentences breathless with rage and despair, and his narration shifts from “he” to “one” to “I” with little demarcation. However, the emotion and insight Okada brings to the Japanese interment is unparalleled, even if his prose is not. With the distance of time, the social and historical significance of No-No Boy are free to rise above the sometimes heavy-handed writing of an emerging novelist.
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Sep 09, 2015

Violence: Fighting, brawls, and beatings. Racially motivated violence.


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Sep 09, 2015

Did she mean to sit there and imply that the four intervening years were to be casually forgotten and life resumed as if there had been no four years and no war and no Eto who spit on him because of the thing he had done?


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