From the time she was a child, Mas Arai’s daughter, Mari, was completely gasa-gasa–never sitting still, always on the go, getting into everything. And Mas, busy tending lawns, gambling, and struggling to put his Hiroshima past behind him, never had much time for the family he was trying to support. For years now, his resentful daughter has lived a continent away in New York City, and had a life he knew little about. But an anxious phone call from Mari asking for his help plunges the usually obstinate Mas into a series of startling situations from maneuvering in an unfamiliar city to making nice with his tall, blond son-in-law, Lloyd, to taking care of a sickly child…to finding a dead body in the rubble of a former koi pond. The victim was Kazzy Ouchi, a half-Japanese millionaire who also happened to be Mari and Lloyd’s boss. Stumbling onto the scene, Mas sees more amiss than the detectives do, but his instinct is to keep his mouth shut. Only when the case threatens his daughter and her family does Mas take action: patiently, stubbornly tugging at the end of a tangled, dangerous mystery. And as he does, he begins to lay bare a tragic secret on the dark side of an American dream.… Both a riveting mystery and a powerful story of passionate relationships across a cultural divide, Gasa-Gasa Girl is a tale told with heart and wisdom: an unforgettable portrait of fathers, daughters, and other strangers. From the Trade Paperback edition.
"What should by now be a familiar, if always disturbing event in American history--the internment of Japanese American citizens and aliens during World War II--is given an original treatment in this creative memoir. Lily Havey was ten years old when her family of four was uprooted and sent first to Santa Anita Assembly Center in southern California and subsequently for the duration of the war to the Amache (or Granada) internment camp in southeastern Colorado. She experienced removal and confinement as a pubescent young woman and with a distinctly individual perspective. She was an independent and, in her own and apparently her parents' view, difficult child. Her mother called her a gasa gasa girl, meaning wiggly, restless, unable to sit still. The interment put additional stress on the dysfunctional marriage of her parents and especially on her father, who had a particularly hard time coping. Lily Havey's recounting of that time is in turn wrenching, funny, touching, and biting but consistently informative and engrossing, especially with regard to the daily challenges of life and the internees' adaptations"--
The Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater covers the history of Asian American literature and theater through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 600 cross-referenced entries on authors, books, and genres. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about this important topic.
Author : Rüdiger Heinze
ISBN : 9783839440452
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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In the past decades, children of immigrants have drawn increased attention not only in press and media, but also in a number of academic fields, among them sociology, history, or ethnology. Surprisingly, literary and cultural studies have been somewhat more reluctant to approach the topic. While there is work on individual authors or, at the very most, particular ethnic groups, comparative approaches are rare. This monograph aims to amend this. It provides an extensive discussion of US-American literature about children of immigrants, comparing different authors, different ethnic groups and different literary and historical contexts.
A present-day mystery is tied to the Japanese American detention centers of WWII in this “wonderful” chapter of the Edgar Award-winning series (Lisa See). Mas Arai’s best friend Haruo is getting married, and the cranky detective and semi-retired gardener has grudgingly agreed to serve as best man. But when the ancient Japanese doll display that belongs to Haruo’s fiancée goes missing, the wedding is called off with fingers pointed at Haruo. To save his friend’s life, Mas must untangle a web of secrecy, heartbreaking memories, and murder stretching from the internment camps of the 1940s through the West Coast drug-running of the 1980s to today. In the fourth entry in her Edgar-winning mystery series, Naomi Hirahara once again delivers thrills alongside “a sensitive insider’s view of the Japanese-American subculture” (Publishers Weekly). “Mas Arai is a true original and one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. I love spending time in his world and I’m thrilled that he’s back—and at the top of his grumpy game.” —S.J. Rozan, Edgar-winning author of The Shanghai Moon
From Summer of the Big Bachi to Gasa-Gasa Girl, Naomi Hirahara’s acclaimed novels have featured one of mystery fiction’s most unique heroes: Mas Arai, a curmudgeonly L.A. gardener, Hiroshima survivor, and inveterate gambler. Few things get Mas more excited than gambling, so when he hears about a $500,000 win–from a novelty slot machine!–he’s torn between admiration and derision. But the stakes are quickly raised when the winner, a friend of Mas’s pal G. I. Hasuike, is found stabbed to death just days later. The last thing Mas wants to do is stick his nose in someone else’s business, but at G.I.’s prodding he reluctantly agrees to follow the trail of a battered snakeskin shamisen (a traditional Okinawan musical instrument) left at the scene of the crime…and suddenly finds himself caught up in a dark mystery that reaches from the islands of Okinawa to the streets of L.A.–a world of heartbreaking memories, deception, and murder. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Mas Arai returns to Japan in this Edgar and Anthony Award nominated novel—“a wonderful finale to a fine mystery series” by the author of Sayonara Slam (Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times–bestselling author). At eighty-five years old, Mas Arai hasn’t been back to his birthplace of Japan in nearly fifty years. The retired LA gardener and amateur detective has come to think of Altadena, California as his home. But now a sobering event calls him back East. Mas must bring the ashes of his best friend, Haruo Mukai—who survived the atomic bombings of 1945—to Haruo’s sister on an island off the coast of Hiroshima. Mas intends to stay in Hiroshima only long enough to perform his duty, preferring not to linger in a place with so many haunting memories. But the mysterious death of a teenage boy and the theft of Haruo’s ashes from Mas’s hotel room compel him to remain and confront mysteries both old and new in this “moving seventh and final Mas Arai mystery” (Publishers Weekly).
Leilani Santiago is back in her birthplace, the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, to help keep afloat the family business, a shave ice shack. When she goes to work one morning, she stumbles across a dead body, a young pro surfer who was being coached by her estranged father. As her father soon becomes the No. 1 murder suspect, Leilani must find the real killer and somehow safeguard her ill mother, little sisters, and grandmother while also preserving a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend in Seattle.
Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.
Author : Karen Elizabeth Walker
ISBN : CORNELL:31924091721724
Genre : Community centers
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8 Beacon centers operate in San Francisco to "offer a broad range of challenging and enriching youth development opportunities in education, career develpment, arts and recreation, leadership, and health Neighborhood adults benefit from English and computer lessons, community events, and parent support groups."--p. 1, Executive Summary.