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By Thomas Girst

ISBN-10: 3631659377

ISBN-13: 9783631659373

How can paintings, how can prose and poetry originate inspite of the restraints of manipulation, propaganda, and censorship? This examine explores such matters by way of concentrating on the cultural trajectory of jap American internment, either in the course of and after global battle II. formerly unknown records in addition to interviews with family and friends show new elements of John Okada’s (1923–1971) lifestyles and writing, supplying a complete biographical define of the writer. The ebook refutes the belief that Okada’s novel No-No Boy was all yet refrained from whilst first released in 1957. a detailed interpreting in addition to a comparative research concerning Italo Calvino’s (1923–1985) Six Memos for the following Millennium (1985) place Okada’s merely booklet as international literature.

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65 Foucault, Michel. ). The Cultural Studies Reader, New York: Routledge, 1999, 161-­169, 162. 66 The Asian American scholars Jinqi Ling and Russell Leong both stressed the importance of Frankl’s “logotherapy“ to their field of study during a conversation with the author at Ling’s home in Los Angeles on March 2, 2007; see also Bush, Harold K. “A Passion fort the Impossible: Richard Rorty, John Okada, and James Baldwin,” in: Emily Griesinger and Mark A. ), The Gift of Story: Narrating Hope in a Postmodern World, Waco, TX: Baylor UP, 2006, 171-­186, 179f.

75 Hirasuna, 7. 34 internee’s expense, although because of the lack of money this seldom happened. e. cotton sheets, jute and mattress bags). In Japan, of course, oil painting was not steeped in historical tradition. Only when the ministry of business relations established Tokyo Academy in 1876 to introduce an exchange of artistic practice did the technique slowly take hold as part of Japan’s general makeover for modernization. The wakon yosai (“Japanese spirit, Western technique”) was embraced as well as criticized by both sides.

109 Waseda, 173. In addition, musical performances were supposed to enhance the willingness for violence by the SS guards, provide a reprieve from daily carnage, distract new prisoners during the selection process at the ramp, drown out the screams of slaughter and act as a perverse form of demonstrating power during executions; see Endlich, “Kunst im Konzentrationslager,” in: Benz, Wolfgang and Barbara Distel, Der Ort des Terrors, 274-­295, 289f.. “Almost every prisoner of Auschwitz was confronted with systematically commanded music intended to ridicule, unsettle and humiliate them”; see Fackler, Guido.

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