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Author Brina, Elizabeth Miki, 1981- author.

Title Speak, Okinawa : a memoir / Elizabeth Miki Brina.

Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  92 Brina,E BRI    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description 289 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "This is a Borzoi book" -- title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "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 American women -- Biography.
Japanese Americans -- Ethnic identity.
Japanese Americans -- Biography.
Ryukyuans -- New York (State) -- Biography.
Intercountry marriage -- New York (State) -- Syracuse.
Racially mixed people -- Biography.
Okinawa-ken (Japan) -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 9780525657347 hardcover
0525657347 hardcover
9780525657354 electronic book

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