No-No Boy

John Okada
Introduction by Lawson Fusao Inada

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  • Published: 1979
  • Subject Listing: Asian American Studies
  • Bibliographic information: (Orig. pub. 1956). 176 pp.
  • Territorial rights: world rights except in the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland, and South Africa
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John Okada was born in Seattle, Washington in 1923. He attended the University of Washington and Columbia University. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, wrote one novel and was dead of a heart attack at the age of 47. John Okada died in obscurity believing that Asian America had rejected his work.

“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.”—Gordon Hirabayashi, Pacific Affairs

“Nisei will recognize the authenticity of the idioms Okada’s characters use, as well as his descriptions of the familiar Issei and Nisei mannerisms that make them come alive. “—Bill Hosokawa, Pacific Citizen
Introduction / Lawrence Fusao Inada
Afterword: In Search of John Okada / Frank Chin