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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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 […]
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 […]