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From a Three-Cornered World
New and Selected Poems

James Masao Mitsui

Over two decades' time and three previous volumes, James Mitsui's poetry has asserted a strong and significant voice within the growing tradition of Asian American literature. The 60 poems presented here, 25 of them new, contain a family history of immigration, assimilation, and World War II experiences in the relocation camps.
"Mitsui's poems are memorable, finely honed--combining imagistically startling vignettes, witty and melancholy ars poetica, and moving personal reminiscence."--Garrett Hongo

The Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies

1997. 112 pp.
0-295-97598-9 Paper, $12.95

Dark Blue Suit
and Other Stories

Peter Bacho

"These tales, so disarming in their sense of humanity, so lovingly and engagingly narrated in a style which appears effortless, deal with the shadows the massive facts of emigration and identity cast over the lives of Filipino Americans--a literary turf Bacho has made particularly his own. Here he moves with an inveigling confidence amongst lives caught between the raucous demands of modern America and the potent ghosts of ethnicity. It is a superb performance."--Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler's List

October 1997. 192 pp.
0-295-97664-0 Cloth, $30.00
0-295-97637-3 Paper, $16.95

Personal Justice Denied
Report of the Commission on Wartime Relocation
and Internment of Civilians

Foreword by Tetsuden Kashima

"Personal Justice Denied is one of the seminal documents illuminating recent Asian American history. Its findings made possible the long-delayed monetary redress for the unjustified wartime incarceration of most mainland Japanese Americans in concentration camps."--Roger Daniels

Published with the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund

1997. 480 pp., notes, index
0-295-97558-X Paper, $16.95

Chinese American Portraits
Personal Histories 1828-1988

Ruthanne Lum McCunn

"McCunn's book is a gift to readers yearning for a history of the Chinese in America which does not reduce them to charts and statistics and which does not tell us merely what was done to them. Here we are offered immensely readable vignettes of real people, not faceless Chinese. McCunn has humanized history in her portraits, weaving general history into biographies and introducing us to the Chinese as actors in the past."--Ronald Takaki

1988. UWP ed., October 1996. 176 pp., 164 illus., bibliog., index
0-295-97552-0 Paper, $18.95

Picture Bride

Yoshiko Uchida

A young Japanese girl is sent to marry an Oakland, California shopkeeper in 1917. This is a novel based on the stories of several hundred Japanese "picture brides" whose arranged marriages brought them to America in the early 1900s. "Yoshiko Uchida is the foremost Japanese American woman writer of our time. Picture Bride is a tender, painful, exquisitely written novel . . . a very serious and important book."--Barry Gifford

May 1997. 222 pp.
0-295-97616-0 Paper, $14.95

DreamEden

Linda Ty-Casper

Recent events in the Philippines--the 1986 People Power Revolution, the ouster of President Marcos, the election of Corazon Aquino, and the coup of 1989--are the backdrop of this new novel by a celebrated Filipina writer. A gifted novelist at the height of her powers, Linda Ty-Casper combines historical objectivity with convincing moral authority and provides readers with a remarkable sense of people and place, a leap of insight into what it is to live in the Philippines today.

1997. 480 pp.
0-295-97586-5 Paper, $19.95

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America Is in the Heart
A Personal History

Carlos Bulosan
Introduction by Carey McWilliams

These autobiographical reminiscences of the well-known Filipino poet speak memorably of his boyhood in his native village, his coming to America, and the years of hardship and bitterness here during the thirties. "People interested in driving from America the scourge of intolerance should read Mr. Bulosan's autobiography. . . .They will not find it difficult to read. The author writes simply and well. He makes no effort to spare the reader's nerves; he recounts his incidents shamelessly and realistically, be they love, murder, or brutality."--Saturday Review of Literature

1946. UWP ed., 1973. 352 pp.
0-295-95289-X Paper, $13.95

And the View from the Shore
Literary Traditions of Hawai'i

Stephen H. Sumida

This study of a little-explored branch of American literature both chronicles and reinterprets the variety of patterns found within Hawaii's pastoral and heroic literary traditions. Unprecedented in its scope and theme, it covers two centuries of Hawaii's culture since the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1778. "[A] generous-hearted, brave, and category-defining study."--Hawaii Herald
"[Sumida's book] is groundbreaking. . . . [It] should interest anyone concerned about the survival of native and local traditions in the face of overwhelming odds."--International Examiner

Winner of the 1992 Association for Asian American Studies Book Award

A Samuel and Althea Stroum Book
1991. 320 pp., notes, bibliog., index
0-295-97078-2 Cloth, $30.00

Asian America
Chinese and Japanese in the
United States since 1850

Roger Daniels

"This well-conceived and excellently researched book provides readers with a comprehensive and timely chronicle of the common challenges and unique experiences of the two pioneer Asian American groups. Roger Daniels's work provides a fresh approach to the study of the immigrant experience and the role of race and ethnicity in American life."--History: Reviews of New Books

Winner of the Outstanding Book Award of the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America

1989. 400 pp., illus., bibliog., index
0-295-97018-9 Paper, $18.95

The Bread of Salt
and Other Stories

N. V. M. Gonzalez

Long considered the dean of modern Philippine literature, N. V. M. Gonzalez has influenced an entire generation of young Philippine writers and has also acquired a devoted international readership. The Bread of Salt and Other Stories provides a retrospective selection of nineteen of his short stories (all originally written in English), arranged in order of their writing, from the early 1950s to the present day.

1993. 264 pp.
0-295-97246-7 Cloth, $30.00
0-295-97275-0 Paper, $14.95

Cebu

Peter Bacho

"Cebu is a darkly comic and often painfully graphic story of the moral and cultural dilemmas that face second generation Filipino Americans in today's urban environments. . . . There is a dark and brooding quality to the prose that is elegantly balanced by fiery flashes of poetic brilliance. This is an exceptional book, and Peter Bacho deserves to be recognized as a major voice in contemporary literature."--MultiCultural Review

1991. 212 pp.
0-295-97113-4 Cloth, $25.00
0-295-97132-0 Paper, $14.95

Changing Lives of Refugee Hmong Women

Nancy D. Donnelly

This detailed and personal study of the Hmong, an isolated, rural people from Laos who resettled in various American cities after the Vietnam War, focuses on how members of an immigrant culture have been compelled to rethink their identity. Anthropologist Donnelly draws heavily on oral history as well as her personal experiences teaching English to Hmong women.

1994. 208 pp., 26 b&w illus.
0-295-97361-7 Cloth, $30.00
0-295-97621-7 Paper, $14.95

"The Chickencoop Chinaman"
and "The Year of the Dragon"

Two Plays

Frank Chin

"The Year of the Dragon barges through the comfortable stereotypes of the Asian American--the quiet, hardworking contented character who keeps to himself, rarely bothering the white community. . . . As a portrait of an Asian American's furious struggle for identity, the play is a searing statement, a powerful cry."--New York Times

1981. 172 pp., illus.
0-295-95833-2 Paper, $14.95

Chinese Women of America
A Pictorial History

Judy Yung

"With unflinching eye and contemporary voice, Judy Yung has chosen images and created text that illuminate not only the circumstances of individuals, but which depict the broader American society that they encountered."--Amerasia Journal
"The first full-scale history of those pioneering women who suffered the xenophobia and sexism of the American West. It is an incisive. . . . book, filled with a bounty of annotated photos covering the breadth of Chinese American history from the early 1800's until the present."--San Francisco Chronicle

Pub. for the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco
1986. 128 pp., 132 photos
0-295-96358-1 Paper, $16.95

Citizen 13660

Mine Okubo

This poignantly written and beautifully illustrated memoir of life in a relocation center by a Japanese American woman was first published in 1946. "A remarkably objective and vivid and even humorous account. . . . In dramatic and detailed drawings and brief text, she documents the whole episode. . . . Miné was everywhere with her sketch pad, recording all that she saw, objectively, yet with a warmth of understanding."--New York Times Book Review

1946.1983. 226 pp., illus.
0-295-95989-4 Paper, $14.95

The Coming Man
19th Century American
Perceptions of the Chinese

Edited by Philip P. Choy, Lorraine Dong, and Marlon K. Hom

Early Chinese immigrants, who played an important role in the development of America's West, were depicted in a number of 19th-century illustrations and cartoons. Selected from American newspapers and magazines dating from 1869 to 1900, the 116 pictorials included in this book vividly portray the perception and treatment of Chinese by mainstream white America.
"More than a collection of illustration art, the book addresses the political and social climate of Chinese Americans. . . . A pioneer work that provides both an alternative research technique and a unique manner of studying history."--Amerasia Journal

1995. 178 pp., 139 illus., 39 in color, bibliog., appendixes
0-295-97453-2 Paper, $24.95

Desert Exile
The Uprooting of a
Japanese-American Family

Yoshiko Uchida

"A lasting and important contribution to the historical literature of the Japanese American experience in World War II. Desert Exile is a beautifully written personal history of the author's family, of their life before the war, and of their internment during the war. . . . Uchida's intention was to illuminate the Issei and Nisei internment experience on a personal level for the benefit of later generations, and perhaps also to pay tribute to their parents, to their values, and to their generation. She has succeeded."--Western Historical Quarterly

1982. 160 pp., illus.
0-295-96190-2 Paper, $14.95

Fifth Chinese Daughter

Jade Snow Wong

"The autobiography of a Chinese American woman who triumphs over obstacles of discrimination and ignorance is a tribute to any immigrant who has been able to take the best of the old world and the new world, and to use those lessons to succeed. The book's value as an historical document for Chinese Americans is invaluable."--Amerasia Journal
"A fascinating narrative, not only because of the courage and humor which shine through every page of the book, but also because it shows how the members of a typical Chinese family can adapt themselves to American conditions and take their part in the national life of the United States without losing the essentials of the cultural heritage which they rightly prize."--Times Literary Supplement

1989. 256 pp., illus.
0-295-96826-5 Paper, $13.95

Fish Head Soup
and Other Plays

Philip Kan Gotanda
Introduction by Michael Omi

Exploring the relationships among the Issei (first generation), Nisei (second generation), and Sansei (third generation), playwright Philip Kan Gotanda has crafted four powerful dramas. Japanese American family life is at the heart of the plays, from elder traditionalists and Nisei still troubled by the message of the wartime camps, to women seeking new roles and brash youth seizing opportunities in a larger society. The four plays included are Song for a Nisei Fisherman, Fish Head Soup, The Wash, and Yankee Dawg You Die.

1995. 272 pp., 9 illus.
0-295-97417-6 Cloth, $40.00
0-295-97433-8 Paper, $19.95

The Frontiers of Love
A Novel

Diana Chang
Introduction by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

"[A] remarkable first novel. . . . [Chang] enters the minds and hearts of her characters, young and old, European and Oriental, reveals them in their strengths and weaknesses, in their moments of self-deception and revelation. The Frontiers of Love is a beautifully written novel that cries out to be read."--Benjamin Lease, Chicago Sun Times
"The Frontiers of Love is written with poetic precision of language, with considerable dexterity in handling a large group of characters and with fluent ease in narration. Miss Chang knows exactly what she wishes to do and does it expertly."--Orville Prescott, New York Times

1956. UWP ed., 1994. 272 pp.
0-295-97326-9 Paper, $14.95

Island
Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-40

Him Mark Lai, Genny Lim,
and Judy Yung

"To augment the translations of the poems the authors have interviewed older Chinese who once passed through Angel Island and immigration workers as well, and have set their recollections down verbatim as oral history. Together with the interviews, the poems--angry, heroic, wrenchingly forlorn, despairing, provocative, resistant--convey, as no secondhand or thirdhand account could ever do, what it was like to be Chinese and to be on Angel Island."--New York Times

1980. UWP ed., 1991. 174 pp., poems in Chinese & English, illus., notes, bibliog.
0-295-97109-6 Paper, $17.95

Japanese American Ethnicity
The Persistence of Community

Stephen S. Fugita and David J. O'Brien

Why do some groups retain their ethnicity as they become assimilated into mainstream American life while others do not? This study employs both historical sources and contemporary survey data to explain the seeming paradox of why Japanese Americans have maintained high levels of ethnic community involvement while becoming structurally assimilated. "A valuable study."--Choice

Winner of the 1992 Association for Asian American Studies Book Award

1991. 224 pp., tables, bibliog., index
0-295-97376-5 Paper, $17.50

Japanese Americans
From Relocation to Redress
Revised Edition

Edited by Roger Daniels, Sandra C. Taylor,
and Harry H. L. Kitano

"This is a superb collection of essays on Japanese Americans, focusing on their wartime relocation. About thirty authors offer analyses of that experience. Although brief (most are only a few pages long), they are well written and informative, and add up to as thorough and penetrating a study of the relocation experience as is available anywhere."--Akira Iriye, Journal of the West

Rev. ed.1991. 264 pp., illus., appendix, bibliog., index
0-295-97117-7 Paper, $22.95

Los Angeles--Struggles toward
Multiethnic Community

Asian American, African American,
and Latino Perspectives

Edited by Edward T. Chang
and Russell C. Leong

Myths and theories of the American melting pot, of assimilation, and of pluralistic society were shattered as racial violence during the 1992 Los Angeles uprising vividly exposed the inadequacy of our prior assumptions. This collection of essays, commentaries and literary works by Latino and Asian and African American scholars, journalists, and writers focuses on race and ethnic relations in Los Angeles as they have emerged from the uprising and as they exist in the broader national picture.

1994. 160 pp., b&w photos, tables
0-295-97375-7 Paper, $12.95

Margins and Mainstreams
Asians in American History and Culture

Gary Y. Okihiro

"Presents a convenient summary that deftly synthesizes recent scholarship exploring the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and culture among Asian Americans in the U.S. This stimulating and sophisticated treatment, written by a mature scholar, is well worth reading."--Choice

Winner of the Outstanding Book Award of the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America

1994. 216 pp., notes, bibliog., index
0-295-97339-0 Paper, $13.95

Nisei Daughter

Monica Sone
Introduction by S. Frank Miyamoto

With charm, humor, and deep understanding, a Japanese American woman tells how it was to grow up on Seattle's waterfront in the 1930s and to be subjected to "relocation" during World War II.

1953. UWP ed., 1979. 256 pp.
0-295-95688-7 Paper, $13.95

No-No Boy

John Okada
Introduction by Lawson Fusao Inada

This is the story of Ichiro Yamada, a young Japanese American who chose to go to a federal prison rather than serve in the American army during World War II. His struggles and conflicts upon his return to his family and to the realities of postwar America are revealed in this angry and intense novel.
"Asian American readers will appreciate the sensitivity and integrity with which the late John Okada wrote about his own group. He heralded the beginning of an authentic Japanese American literature."--Pacific Affairs

1957. UWP ed., 1980. 176 pp.
0-295-95525-2 Paper, $13.95

Quiet Odyssey
A Pioneer Korean Woman in America

Mary Paik Lee
Edited with an Introduction
by Sucheng Chan

"In this moving testament, Lee shares with her readers her feelings of growing up poor, Asian, and female. . . . An excellent primary source, enhanced by Chan's scholarly additions, that will enrich a variety of subjects such as anthropology, women in history, psychology, and Asian studies."--School Library Journal

Winner of the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award

A Samuel and Althea Stroum Book
1990. 264 pp., illus., maps, appendixes, bibliog.
0-295-96969-5 Paper, $14.95

Scent of Apples
A Collection of Stories

Bienvenido N. Santos

"Santos writes simply and skillfully of his countrymen who leave home for America, of the pain of separation, loneliness, longing, yesterday's hopes and tomorrow's dreams. His portraits of these gentle, courageous exiles are moving as he shows how each struggles to make his way in the new land, trying to find a life far from his roots while sustained by the dream of a return home. . . . Santos gets to the heart of what it is like to be uprooted, alone, alien."--Publishers Weekly
"Santos is a writer of deceptive simplicity, one whose graceful storytelling conceals considerable political commitment. . . . His stories capture with warmth and deep humanity the pain of exile and the cost of progress."--Washington Post

1979. 250 pp.
0-295-95695-X Paper, $14.95

The Shores of a Dream
Yasuo Kuniyoshi's Early Work in America

Jane Myers and Tom Wolf

Japanese-born, American-trained painter Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) moved to New York in 1910 to study art and within a decade became an important force in art circles both in New York and at the summer artists' colony in Ogunquit, Maine. This book considers his paintings and drawings produced before his first trip to Europe in 1925. Dist. for Amon Carter Museum

1997. 80 pp., 77 illus., 20 in color
0-88360-086-2 Paper, $24.95

Sushi and Sourdough
A Novel

Tooru J. Kanazawa

"Sushi and Sourdough is a gripping and tantalizing fictional narrative as well as a valuable social and economic history of an era."--Gordon Hirabayashi
"[This book] tells of the first Japanese settlers in the Alaskan and Pacific Northwest frontier at a time when Issei migrated from job to job with the goal of returning to Japan and when families were a rarity. . . . Decidedly the most significant Asian American book of fiction or historical fiction of the 80s. It represents a major step toward reconstructing a lost experience."--Amerasia Journal

1989. 256 pp.
0-295-97083-9 Paper, $12.95

They Painted from their Hearts
Pioneer Asian American Artists

Edited by Mayumi Tsutakawa

The first book to examine Asian Pacific American artists in the Northwest. Through essays, striking color reproductions and black-and-white photographs, the work of eighteen artists from 1900 to 1960 is explored. The second part of the book, The Asian American Artists Directory, compiled by the Archives of American Art/Smithsonian Institution, adds important information about the lives of 105 notable artists who lived and worked in Washington and Oregon from 1900 to 1975. Distributed for the Wing Luke Asian Museum

1995. 88 pp., 36 illus.
0-295-97430-3 Paper, $18.00

The View from Within
Japanese American Art from Internment Camps, 1942-1945

Karin M. Higa et al.

Among the more than 110,000 Japanese American residents of the U.S. who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II were a significant number of artists. Focusing on the art and the experiences of the artists themselves, this book provides an intimate picture of the internment experience. Dist. for the Japanese American National Museum/UCLA Wight Art Gallery/UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

1994. 100 pp., 32 illus., 20 in color
0-934052-21-2 Paper, $24.95

Whispered Silences
Japanese Americans and World War II

Essay by Gary Y. Okihiro
Photographs by Joan Myers

Haunted by a visit to one of the detention camps where Japanese Americans were held during World War II, fine-arts photographer Joan Myers set out to record all ten of the camps as they appear today. Her stark and evocative black-and-white photographs are accompanied here by an essay by historian Gary Okihiro who tells the story of the camps from reminiscences of former internees.

A Samuel and Althea Stroum Book
1996. 272 pp., 65 duotone photos, notes, bibliog.
0-295-97497-4 Cloth, $60.00
0-295-97498-2 Paper, $29.95

Years of Infamy
The Untold Story of
America's Concentration Camps

Michi Nishiura Weglyn
Introduction by James A. Michener

"In 1942 110,000 West Coast residents, many of them United States citizens, were placed in concentration camps for no reason other than that they were of Japanese origin. One of them, Michi Weglyn, a teenager at the time, recounts their experience, drawing on Government documents and on her own memories of one of the camps. An appalling story of neglect and even brutality."--New York Times Book Review
"Certainly the most thoroughly documented account of World War II Japanese American internment. . . . Formidable."--Kirkus Review

Winner of the 1976 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Race Relations

1976. UWP ed., 1995. 352 pp., 16 photos, 2 drawings, map, appendixes, notes, index
0-295-97484-2 Paper, $16.95

Yokohama, California

Toshio Mori
Introduction by William Saroyan
New Introduction by Lawson Fusao Inada

Originally published in 1949, this is the first published collection of short stories by a Japanese American. Set in the fictional community of Yokohama, California, Mori's work is alive with the people, gossip, humor, and legends of Japanese America in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Mori is a master craftsman and storyteller.
"Mori's superbly structured short stories are set in West Oakland for the most part, and are tender, evocative episodes of growing up as a Japanese American prior to World War II."--Harlan Kessel, San Francisco Chronicle

1949. UWP ed., 1985. 176 pp.
0-295-96167-8 Paper, $12.95

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