Sansei and sensibility

by Yamashita, Karen Tei, 1951-

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In these buoyant and inventive stories, Karen Tei Yamashita transfers classic tales across boundaries and questions what an inheritance--familial, cultural, emotional, artistic--really means. In a California of the sixties and seventies, characters examine the contents of deceased relatives' freezers, tape-record high school locker-room chatter, or collect a community's gossip while cleaning the teeth of its inhabitants. Mr. Darcy is the captain of the football team, Mansfield Park materializes in a suburb of L.A., bake sales replace ballroom dances, and station wagons, not horse-drawn carriages, are the preferred mode of transit. The stories of traversing class, race, and gender leap into our modern world with and humor.
The bath
The dentist and the dental hygienist
A gentlemen's agreement
Bombay gin
Borges & I
Kiss of kitty
Indian summer
Sansei recipes
A selected L.A./Gardena J.A. Timeline
Shikataganai & Mottainai
Giri & Gaman
Monterey Park
Japanese American gothic
The Persu Asians
J.A. cheat sheet
afterword: Sansei Janeite.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Yamashita (I Hotel) returns with a career-spanning collection of stories originally published between 1975--2019, each of which is in dialogue with the work of Jane Austen. The stories are mostly set in California's third-generation Japanese Sansei community. "Bombay Gin" is the comic, emotionally charged narrative of a woman locked in her dead aunt's house who takes inventory of the kitchen, then cooks her aunt's recipes with expired food. "The Bath" is a moving look at twin girls' bathing rituals with their family. About half of the stories are micro Jane Austen pastiches--the Emma homage "Emi," and "Giri & Gaman," which references Pride and Prejudice, are standouts. "Omaki-San" is the high point, an epistolary sequence inspired by Lady Susan, with letters between family members and friends who live in Japan and the U.S., revealing the thrilling postwar story of a young Japanese woman and her American soldier husband. The collection is rounded off by an amusing inventory of Sansei recipes (instructions for KT's Crab Miso Bake with Egg: "Offer to guests to test their Asian quotient") and a timeline of Japanese-American life in America. The range of characters, sparkling humor, connective themes, and creative ambition all showcase Yamashita's impressive powers. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Austen, Jane, -- 1775-1817 -- Parodies, imitations, etc.
Japanese Americans -- Fiction.
Nineteen sixties -- Fiction.
Nineteen seventies -- Fiction.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher Minneapolis :2020
Other Titles Short stories.
Language English
Description 213 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781566895781
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