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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.


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.


“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

Gene Oishi news

Baltimore Sun’s review of In Search of Hiroshi: “As relevant today as when it was first published”

Last Sunday, the Baltimore Sun’s Jonathan Van Harmelen published a review of Gene Oishi’s In Search of Hiroshi, emphasizing the book’s continued cultural relevance. The Baltimore Sun has a unique relationship with Oishi. The In Search of Hiroshi author was a reporter at the publication for 14 years where he covered city and state political […]

Kaya at Smithsonian APA Literature Festival

Kaya Press is excited to be one of the partners bringing you the inaugural Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Literature Festival held in Washington DC at the Smithsonian, The Phillips Collection, Library of Congress and the Dupont Underground from July 27 – 29, 2017. Check out the full schedule of events here. Kaya Press will be […]

Kaya at AAAS 2016

Kaya Press is excited to be at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference 2016 in Miami, from April 27th through April 30th. Visit our table–– and celebrate Gene Oishi’s 2016 AAAS Award for Best Book of the Year in Prose, for Fox Drum Bebop. The awards ceremony will be held from 6–7:45pm at Symphony […]

Kaya Press at AWP

AWP is an annual literary conference that brings together over 12,000 writers and publishers from all over the country. Come visit us at Booth 1310! Kaya Press and Tia Chucha Press are sharing a space (which will also feature work by Tiny Splendor, and Dum Dum Zine). And here is a roundup of Kaya’s smoking hot literary […]