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.
“A fine novel about a sad chapter in American history: our treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two. Oishi knows whereof he speaks, and he speaks of it eloquently indeed.” — John Barth
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Congratulations to Kaya author Gene Oishi who won the 2016 Association for Asian American Studies Best Book Awards in Creative Writing: Prose for his novel Fox Drum Bebop! The selection committee remarked in their citation: “Gene Oishi said in a recent interview that it took him 50 years to write his first novel, which we […]
Gene Oishi’s novel Fox Drum Bebop recently received a most insightful review by Jenny Xie, published in The Hopkins Review. In this review, Xie breaks down how Oishi portrays the protagonist Hiroshi Kono’s Japanese-American identity. She describes Oishi as “skilled and clear-eyed,” and the novel as impactful through “the ferocity of its voice.” You can read more of the review at this link.
Asian American Literature Fans on Livejournal aims “to illuminate the wide ranging and expansive terrain of Asian American and Asian Anglophone literatures.” Back in April, they sang the praises of Gene Oishi’s FOX DRUM BEBOP and our press as a whole. The review emphasizes the book’s profundity, “Oishi is quite keen on elaborating upon not […]
Baltimore Magazine hosted a Q&A with Gene Oishi, author of FOX DRUM BEBOP. The issues discussed are vast–ranging from Oishi’s opinion on writing fiction versus non-fiction to his comment on current racial relations. In the interview, Oishi also traces Americans’ shifting awareness of concentration camps in America and notes the euphemisms previously used to describe […]