Spotlight On Hisaye Yamamoto During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
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In this month of May, the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, in addition to reminding you all some notable Asian/Pacific Americans at May-Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I would also like to help to place a spotlight on Hisaye Yamamoto. Hisaye Yamamoto was a short story author and journalist in USA with Japanese origin. She was born on August 23, 1921, in Redondo Beach, California, to Japanese immigrant parents. Hisaye Yamamoto immigrated to California with her parents and they farmed strawberries. But due to the California Alien Land Law of 1913, Yamamoto’s family and her relatives were not allowed to own agricultural land, so they had to move around while she was growing up. In 1942, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Yamamoto and her relatives were sent to live in the internment camp in Arizona. Yamamoto worked as a reporter and columnist for the camp newspaper, the Poston Chronicle. Later she also worked as a columnist for a black-owned newspaper, the la tribune, that aimed to diversify the voices in journalism as to unify the Angelo black network with Asian American people. During her years working as a reporter, Yamamoto witnessed the racism that minority corporations confronted, inspired her to become a literary champion for victims of discriminations. In 1948, Yamamoto published her first short story, The High-Heeled Shoes, and decided to leave journalism to pursue writing full-time. Her writing explored issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and battle against racism and violence. The overarching themes of her writings involve:
- Disconnection between the first and second-generation immigrants
- Repression of women in Japanese and American societies
- Ambiguous interactions between ethnic communities in America
Later her work, short story collection, Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories (or in kindle form), first published in 1988. Her work confronts issues of the Japanese immigrant experience in America, the disconnect between first and second-generation immigrants, as well as the difficult role of women in society. In 1986, she gained the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement for her contributions to American multicultural literature.
In the video published on May 4, 2021, “Hisaye Yamamoto, Who was Hisaye Yamamoto?, Japanese American Short Story Author Hisaye Yamamoto.” below:
In the video published on Aug 18, 2009, “Hot Summer Wind 01 (Seventeen Syllables, Hisaye Yamamoto)“, below:
In the video published on Aug 18, 2009, “Hot Summer Winds 02 (Seventeen Syllables, Hisaye Yamamoto)“, below:
In the video published on Aug 18, 2009, “Hot Summer Winds 03 (Seventeen Syllables, Hisaye Yamamoto“, below:
For more about Hisaye Yamamoto, please click HERE.
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