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Speak, Okinawa : a memoir  Cover Image Large Print Book Large Print Book

Speak, Okinawa : a memoir / Elizabeth Miki Brina.

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  • ISBN: 9781643588995
  • ISBN: 1643588990
  • Physical Description: 367 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: Center Point Large Print edition.
  • Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Regular print version previously published by: Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-364)
Summary, etc.:
"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 > Biography.
Intercountry marriage > New York (State) > Syracuse.
Okinawa-ken (Japan) > Biography.
Large type books.
Genre: Biographies.

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East Grand Forks Campbell Library Large Print 973.0495 BRINA 2021 (Text) 523654 Large Print Available -

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