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New America Now: Writing About Japan

New America Now, Audio, Posted: Apr 09, 2010


This week on New America Now - Writing About Japan: A serial killer strikes in post-war Tokyo in Tokyo Year Zero by David Peace, In Color of the Sea, John Hamamura examines living in America as a Japanese-American during the mid-20th century, and Michael Zielenziger looks at Japan's lost generation in Shutting Out The Sun.

Sandip Roy talks to:

Englishman David Peace has found living in Japan an inspiration for his writing. His book Tokyo Year Zero is the first in a crime trilogy about a real life serial killer who killed against the backdrop of burnt-out, post-war Tokyo.


What does it mean to be Japanese American in the United States during the mid-twentieth century? Sam and Keiko find love but fate intervenes as the U.S. and Japan go to war. John Hamamura is the author of Color of the Sea.


In his book Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation, Michael Zielenziger explores the phenomena of the "hikikomori," young Japanese men taking to their rooms in their parents homes for months at a time and leaving life outside.


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