No-No Boy
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  • No-No Boy
ISBN: 0295955252
EAN13: 9780295955254
Language: English
Pages: 264
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 8.4" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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No-No Boy has the honor of being among the first of what has become an entire literary canon of Asian American literature, writes novelist Ruth Ozeki in her new foreword. First published in 1957, No-No Boy was virtually ignored by a public eager to put World War I and the Japanese internment behind them. It was not until the mid-1970s that a new generation of Japanese American writers and scholars recognized the novel's importance and popularized it as one of literature's most powerful testaments to the Asian American experience.

No-No Boy tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a fictional version of the real-life no-no boys. Yamada answered no twice in a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States. Unwilling to pledge himself to the country that interned him and his family, Ichiro earns two years in prison and the hostility of his family and community when he returns home to Seattle. As Ozeki writes, Ichiro's obsessive, tormented voice subverts Japanese postwar model-minority stereotypes, showing a fractured community and one man's threnody of guilt, rage, and blame as he tries to negotiate his reentry into a shattered world.

The first edition of No-No Boy since 1979 presents this important work to new generations of readers.

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   Not just classic Asian-American literature BUT classic AMERICAN literature
I was moved by this novel in 1957, as I have not been moved by a book in a long time. I thought I had read most of my classic American literature in my long lifetime, but somehow missed NO NO BOY until now. I would also believe that many other readers would have. This powerful, compelling book immerses the reader completely in the American-Asian experience and the tragic drama of the no boys '' from the 1st paragraph to the last with no letup. This is a novel on par with American literature classics from an time and place. Also, do not miss the FORWARD and AFTERWARD... great writing and commentary.
   Please don't buy the Penguin edition!
Jeff Chan, Frank Chin, Lawson Inada, and Shawn Wong are my personal friends. They are the people who have rescued this incredibly important book from obscurity. Please purchase their wonderful definitive issue, available from the University of Washington Press, and containing their vital editorial contributions. The UW edition is the one officially authorized by the Okada family and for which the Okada family receives royalties. So much gratification! Tom Bolling, Seattle, USA.
   Shame on Penguin
Hard to tell what is more offensive that Penguin is robbing the Okada family of rightful royalties. This penguin decided to harvest a blurb from the Ozeki Foreword to the UW Press edition in order to promote their shady edition. This penguin does the above under the auspices of celebrating Asian American heritage. Buy this item from UW. Buy the book Bulosan from UW too.
   A Must Read, but not this Printing
I read this book first in 2002, and it has become more relevant today, given the current political climate and concentration camps in America. That said, while the book is fantastic, the decision by Penguin to use a loophole to publish this book, saying that they are celebrating Asian-American literature while cutting the family out of any royalties or decisions regarding it is appalling. If you want to read this amazing book, buy the version of Washington Press.
I made the mistake of buying this not knowing that Penguin has disregarded the copyright of the author's family. If you want to buy this book, buy it from the University of Washington Press.
   Do not buy Penguin edition!!
Buy from UW Press to support the original publisher and direct royalties to the authors'estate. Nevertheless, Penguin legally published this, without contacting the family or UW Press.
   Do not support this Penguin Edition!
This Penguin edition is not to be purchased. The UofW edition is also available on Amazon. If you need additional insight, see the article of the New York Times on June 12, 2019.
   Corporate greed by Penguin!
This is Theft Cultural! Never support this abomination of a publishing effort ''. Then it was really disgusting! I recommend UW printing only, since they actually honor the copywrite! No - no Punkin!
   Penguin steals intellectual property
But the UW Press version does not reward intellectual theft by Penguin.
   As long as this version is being offered, it is unethical.
A quick disclaimer, many of the 1-star reviews on this novel come from the fusion of the reviews of the University of Washington Press's edition and the Penguin issue, now that Penguin's version of the novel will no longer be offered. Most of these 1-star reviews refer to Penguin's publishing controversy and not the content of the novel. edit 2, it seems that Amazon has separated the reviews again and made the Penguin version available for purchase. In short, this version bypasses the copyright claim made by Shawn Wong and Okada Estate and represents unethical business practices. Buy the University of Washington Press issue instead. We are lucky to have this novel, which almost disappeared from history had it not been for Shawn Wong and Okada Estate. There are no other novels that portray the experience of a Japanese American in post-war America with such acuity.