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Shoe box plays

Kashiwagi, Hiroshi, edited by Tamiko F. Nimura, introduction by Ron West

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ISBN 10: 0934609233 / ISBN 13: 9780934609234
Editorial: Asian American Curriculum Project, San Mateo, 2008
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xxi, 237p., preface, introduction, nine playscripts, photos, personal inscription signed by the playwright, very good first edition trade paperback in pictorial wraps. N° de ref. de la librería 186245

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Título: Shoe box plays

Editorial: Asian American Curriculum Project, San Mateo

Año de publicación: 2008

Encuadernación: Paperback

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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The book gathers together plays that chronicle the experiences of Japanese Americans from the hardships of the Depression of the 1930s, through the bitterness and dislocation of the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II, through the rise of Asian American consciousness and pride in the late 1960s and 1970s to today.

"Laughter and False Teeth" is perhaps the most famous of the plays presented since it was included in The Big AIIIEEEEE!: An Anthology of Chinese American and Japanese American Literature (1991), a staple book used in college Asian American Studies classes across the country. Procuring false teeth in an internment camp becomes a tragicomic observation of the breakdown of morality and decency in such places where even the dentist has to be bribed to do substandard work. "Kisa Gotami" (The Parable of the Mustard Seed) has the distinction of being George Takei's first role as an actor, a decade before his pioneering work as Sulu on Star Trek.

"The Betrayed" a play that was included in Hiroshi's earlier book published by AACP, Swimming in the American, is perhaps the most powerful work, presenting as it does the fundamental conflicts between those Japanese Americans that cooperated with the government to prove their loyalty as Americans during the years of internment and those that resisted because the government had violated their rights as Americans.

These are just a few of the plays in this book composed over the past 60 years and stored literally in a shoe box.

About the Author:

Hiroshi Kashiwagi, a native of Sacramento, California, is a retired librarian of the San Francisco Public Library. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Screen Actors Guild. He and his wife, Sadako, are parents of three sons. Mr. Kashiwagi has been a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1952. His first book Swimming in the American: a Memoir and Selected Writings, was awarded the American Book Award 2005 by the before Columbus Foundation.

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