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Speak, Okinawa : a memoir


Summary: "A searing, deeply candid memoir about a young woman's journey to understanding her complicated parents--her father a Vietnam veteran, her mother an Okinawan war bride--and her own, fraught cultural heritage. Elizabeth's mother was working as a nightclub hostess on U.S.-occupied Okinawa when she met the American soldier who would become her husband. The language barrier and power imbalance that defined their early relationship followed them to the predominantly white, upstate New York suburb where they moved to raise their only daughter. There, Elizabeth grew up with the trappings of a typical American childhood and adolescence. Yet, even though she felt almost no connection to her mother's distant home, she also felt out of place among her peers. Decades later, Elizabeth comes to recognize the shame and self-loathing that haunt both her and her mother, and attempts a form of reconciliation, not only to come to terms with the embattled dynamics of her family but also to reckon with the injustices that reverberate throughout the history of Okinawa and its people. Clear-eyed and profoundly humane, Speak, Okinawa is a startling accomplishment--a heartfelt exploration of identity, inheritance, forgiveness, and what it means to be an American"--

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  • ISBN: 9780525657347
  • ISBN: 0525657347
  • Physical Description: print
    289 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject: Brina, Elizabeth Miki 1981-
Brina, Elizabeth Miki 1981- Family
Brina, Elizabeth Miki 1981- Travel Japan
Japanese American women Biography
Japanese Americans Ethnic identity
Japanese Americans Biography
Ryukyuans New York Biography
Intercountry marriage New York Syracuse
Okinawa-ken (Japan) Biography
Genre: Autobiographies.

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