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Wind down after a day at the Nisei Week Book Fair with a cocktail on the Plaza featuring a multigenerational celebration of Japanese American literary and storytelling culture with San Pedro native son Gene Oishi, reading from Fox Drum Bebop, his debut novel about how internment shaped one man’s entire life, translator Andrew Leong about his search for […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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