Published by Anchor / Doubleday, 1996. First edition, first printing. Hardcover, cloth-backed boards. 272pp. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket.
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In Turning Japanese, poet David Mura chronicled a year in Japan in which his sense of identity as a Japanese American was transformed. In Where the Body Meets Memory, Mura focuses on his experience growing up Japanese American in a country which interned both his parents during World War II, simply because of their race. Interweaving his own experience with that of his family and of other sansei-third generation Japanese Americans-Mura reveals how being a “model minority” has resulted in a loss of heritage and wholeness for generations of Japanese Americans.