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Gene Oishi

Gene Oishi

Gene Oishi, former Washington and foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, has written articles on the Japanese American experience for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and West Magazine, in addition to the Baltimore Sun. His memoir, In Search of Hiroshi, was published in 1988.

Now retired, he lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Sabine.

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Fox Drum Bebop

Fox Drum Bebop

Kaya Press Dec. 2014

Hiroshi Kono is eight years old and just beginning to question the racial and economic inequities he sees around him when he and his family, along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans, are packed off to a concentration camp run by the US military. The Arizona desert in which Hiroshi and his family find themselves is a harsh and barren world that sets sibling against sibling, parent against child, and neighbor against neighbor in a complex grappling with duty and disappointment that will reverberate through the decades that follow. Sexual initiation, kabuki performances, all-night jam sessions in French jazz clubs, alcoholism, and the ever-present drumbeat of family form the backdrop against which Hiroshi, his siblings, and his parents struggle to define themselves. Whether describing Hiroshi’s tumultuous coming of age or excavating the generational grievances exacerbated by internment, author Gene Oishi gives heartbreaking and at times humorous context to the post-war decades of a family set adrift by its experiences during WWII. In this clear-eyed and meticulously observed first novel, Oishi weaves together Hiroshi’s story with those of his family members and community to create a densely textured portrait of the physical and psychological displacement brought about over time by the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans.

 
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Gene Oishi news

Gene Oishi & Fox Drum Bebop on Bloom!

Gene Oishi and his novel Fox Drum Bebop have been doubly featured on the literary website Bloom! Fox Drum Bebop is a semi-autobiography of sorts, Oishi’s second work about his experiences in an Arizona internment camp during the Second World War. In this Q&A with Bloom, Oishi talks about his writing process, psychic concepts, and the editorial process, with mention of Kaya […]

FOX DRUM BEBOP Excerpt on Baltimore Post-Examiner

Have you gotten your hands on a copy of the newly launched FOX DRUM BEBOP? If not, you can start reading on the Baltimore Post-Examiner now! The excerpt begins as follows: “When Hiroshi got out of his car behind Baltimore’s Eastern District Police Station he saw a pitiful looking dog chained to a dumpster with […]

On Fox Drum Bebop: A Young Nisei’s Life, Reimagined

Discover Nikkei, a site dedicated to exploring Nikkei identity, history and experiences, posted a review of Gene Oishi’s FOX DRUM BEBOP. The writer, Arthur Hansen, outlines his experience with Oishi, from first hearing about his political critics in the 1960s to reading his memoir and newly released novel.  Hansen reflects on parallels between Oishi’s and his […]

Fox Drum Bebop Launches!

Kaya Press is thrilled to announce the official launch of Gene Oishi’s novel, Fox Drum Bebop! Fox Drum Bebop is a retelling of the Japanese American narrative, a semi-autobiographical account of Gene Oishi’s own experiences during and after internment at a concentration camp. The author describes Fox Drum Bebop as his own way to “tell a story that was bigger than myself, to […]

 
 
 

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