Virtual Book Launch: In Search of Hiroshi with Gene Oishi

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Jun 20246
12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m.



Join author Gene Oishi, his daughter  Eve Oishi, and scholar Koji Lau-Ozawa to celebrate Oishi’s newly revised 1988 work, In Search of Hiroshi—a powerful memoir about his lifelong struggle to claim both his Japanese and American identities in the aftermath of World War II.


“Can one wreak vengeance against oneself?”

This anguished question hangs over Gene Oishi’s powerful memoir about his lifelong struggle to claim both his Japanese and American identities in the aftermath of World War II. From the aftermath of Executive Order 9066 through his career in journalism and politics, Oishi wrestles with his Japanese heritage and questions whether he will truly be accepted as American. In Search of Hiroshi, originally published in 1988 and long unavailable, is revised to include new essays and a conversation between Oishi and his daughter.


Gene Oishi is the former Washington and foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun. He has written articles on the Japanese American experience for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and West Magazine. His debut novel, Fox Drum Bebop, was published by Kaya Press in 2014.

Eve Oishi is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University specializing in Asian American media and gender studies.

Koji Lau-Ozawa is a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA, and a descendant of Gila River incarcerees. He received his PhD in Antrhopology from Stanford University. His research focuses on the materialized legacies of the past through landscapes, objects, memory, the archaeology of Japanese diaspora, and the intersections between Japanese American and Indigenous communities during World World II.

Read excerpts from In Search of Hiroshi on Discover Nikkei.

In Search of Hiroshi will be available to purchase in the JANM Store.

This program is a partnership between Discover Nikkei, a project of JANM, and Kaya Press.


editor . Atualizado em Mai 08, 2024 11:18 a.m.


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