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9781643588995

Speak, Okinawa : a memoir

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"A searing, deeply candid memoir about a young woman's journey to understanding her complicated parents--her father a Vietnam veteran, her mother an Okinawan war bride--and her own, fraught cultural heritage. Elizabeth's mother was working as a nightclub hostess on U.S.-occupied Okinawa when she met the American soldier who would become her husband. The language barrier and power imbalance that defined their early relationship followed them to the predominantly white, upstate New York suburb where they moved to raise their only daughter. There, Elizabeth grew up with the trappings of a typical American childhood and adolescence. Yet, even though she felt almost no connection to her mother's distant home, she also felt out of place among her peers. Decades later, Elizabeth comes to recognize the shame and self-loathing that haunt both her and her mother, and attempts a form of reconciliation, not only to come to terms with the embattled dynamics of her family but also to reckon with the injustices that reverberate throughout the history of Okinawa and its people. Clear-eyed and profoundly humane, Speak, Okinawa is a startling accomplishment--a heartfelt exploration of identity, inheritance, forgiveness, and what it means to be an American"--

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Macedon Public Library LP BIO BRINA (Text)
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  • ISBN: 9781643588995
  • ISBN: 1643588990
  • Physical Description: 367 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: Large print edition.
  • Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2021.

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Regular print version previously published by: Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
Summary, etc.:
"A searing, deeply candid memoir about a young woman's journey to understanding her complicated parents--her father a Vietnam veteran, her mother an Okinawan war bride--and her own, fraught cultural heritage. Elizabeth's mother was working as a nightclub hostess on U.S.-occupied Okinawa when she met the American soldier who would become her husband. The language barrier and power imbalance that defined their early relationship followed them to the predominantly white, upstate New York suburb where they moved to raise their only daughter. There, Elizabeth grew up with the trappings of a typical American childhood and adolescence. Yet, even though she felt almost no connection to her mother's distant home, she also felt out of place among her peers. Decades later, Elizabeth comes to recognize the shame and self-loathing that haunt both her and her mother, and attempts a form of reconciliation, not only to come to terms with the embattled dynamics of her family but also to reckon with the injustices that reverberate throughout the history of Okinawa and its people. Clear-eyed and profoundly humane, Speak, Okinawa is a startling accomplishment--a heartfelt exploration of identity, inheritance, forgiveness, and what it means to be an American"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Brina, Elizabeth Miki, 1981-
Brina, Elizabeth Miki, 1981- > Family.
Brina, Elizabeth Miki, 1981- > Travel > Japan.
Japanese Americans > Biography.
Japanese American women > Biography.
Japanese Americans > Ethnic identity.
Ryukyuans > New York > Biography.
Intercountry marriage > New York > Syracuse.
Large type books.
Families.
Intercountry marriage.
Japanese American women.
Japanese Americans > Ethnic identity.
Large type books.
Ryukyuans.
Travel.
Okinawa-ken (Japan) > Biography.
Japan.
Japan > Okinawa-ken.
Genre: Biographies.


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