Turning Japanese

by MariNaomi,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Graphic Non-Fiction PN6727.M2425 Z46 2016x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Graphic Non-Fiction
Call Number  PN6727.M2425 Z46 2016x
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Graphic Novels G-FICTION MARINAOMI
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Graphic Novels

MariNaomi's newest graphic novel tours the mid-90's US and Japanese illegal hostess bar scene and her own personal cultural awakening.

"The best comic about being Asian American in Japan. Like Fun Home and Persepolis , Turning Japanese is at once modest and grand. MariNaomi is a master of the small, intimate moments that build to a surprisingly emotional climax."-- Jason Shiga , Ignatz and Eisner Award-winner

"In Turning Japanese , Mari's unflinching honesty, open heart, and hard-earned wisdom challenges us to embrace the unexpected detours that unfold in our own lives."-- Yumi Sakugawa , author of Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe

In 1995, twenty-two-year-old Mari had just exited a long-term relationship, moving from Mill Valley to San Jose, California. Soon enough, she falls in love, then finds employment at a hostess bar for Japanese expats, where she is determined to learn the Japanese language and culture. Turning Japanese is a story about otherness, culture clashes, generation gaps, and youthful impetuosity.

MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume , Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), the Eisner-nominated Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories (2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014), and her self-published Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009). Her work has appeared in over sixty print anthologies, and has been featured on such websites as the Rumpus , the Weeklings , Los Angeles Review of Books , Midnight Breakfast , Truthout , XOJane , Buzzfeed , Bitch Media , and more. Mari's work on the Rumpus won a SPACE Prize and an honorable mention in Houghton Mifflin's Best American Comics 2013 .

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In her twenties, MariNaomi is working as a hostess in a Japanese men's club in San Jose when she decides to learn the language of her maternal heritage in preparation for a trip to Japan, her first as an adult, with her fiancé, Giuseppe. The day-to-day is tough, though. The hostess bar isn't exactly legal, and she's dealing with a mystery illness that leaves her periodically wrecked, scared, and alone in bed. In the second half of the memoir, Mari and Guiseppe reach Japan to sightsee and visit family. As in her previous work, such as Kiss & Tell (2011), MariNaomi's art is often lighthearted and funny, making heavy themes, like the struggle with her culture and, later, her relationship, approachable. Her black-and-white frames are neat, spare, and varied in format. Thanks to her smart design, readers can tell when Japanese is spoken by bracketed speech bubbles, and this alone exposes multiple planes of conversation in a single frame. This confessional travelogue by a talented artist is a solid addition to graphic memoirs.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Graphic memoirist MariNaomi (Kiss and Tell) explores a chunk of her 20s in the 1990s, spent working in hostess bars in California and Japan while traveling with her then-fiancé, Giuseppe. Naomi's off-the-cuff, thoughtful anecdotes look at a sometimes banal, sometimes frightening social space. It's not exactly sex work, but hostess work leans on the same idea: making male clients feel important and desired. Naomi's simple, brush-drawn artwork tells the story clearly with a breezy tone, though the images' starkness causes occasional narrative confusion. Naomi deals with the nuances of being hapa, half white and half Japanese, while trying to get her mother to speak Japanese with her. After some time, Naomi suffers an anxiety attack from the constant harassment at her job. Threads around anxiety and racial identity culminate in a thoughtful scene in which Naomi visits an ancient temple known to hold a balming effect for travelers. This book has something of the same effect in its exploration of the many complexities of identity and romance. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects MariNaomi -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Women cartoonists -- United States -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Cartoonists -- United States -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Japanese Americans -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Americans -- Japan -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Japanese Americans -- Ethnic identity -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Hostess clubs -- California -- San Jose -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Hostess clubs -- Japan -- Tokyo -- Comic books, strips, etc.
San Jose (Calif.) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Tokyo (Japan) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Autobiographical comics.
Nonfiction comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher Minneapolis, Minnesota :2016
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Turning Japanese :
Language English
Description 217 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781937541163
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