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Karen Tei Yamashita

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Karen Tei Yamashita Japanese: 山下てい, Born January 8, 1951 in Oakland, California is a Japanese-American writer

She is Professor of Literature at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches creative writing and Asian American literature Her works, several of which contain elements of magic realism, include novels I Hotel 2010, Circle K Cycles 2001, Tropic of Orange 1997, Brazil-Maru 1992, and Through the Arc of the Rain Forest 1990 Yamashita's novels emphasize the necessity of polyglot, multicultural communities in an increasingly globalized age, even as they destabilize orthodox notions of borders and national/ethnic identity

She has also written a number of plays, including Hannah Kusoh, Noh Bozos and O-Men which was produced by the Asian American theatre group, East West Players

Yamashita was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award In 2011 she was named a Fellow of United States Artists In 2013 she was co-appointed with Bettina Aptheker as the UC Presidential Chair in Feminist Critical Race and Ethnic Studies; a position offered to distinguished members of the university's faculty intended to encourage new or interdisciplinary program development

Selected writings

  • Through the Arc of the Rain Forest Coffee House Press, 1990
  • Brazil-Maru Coffee House Press, 1992
  • Tropic of Orange Coffee House Press, 1997
  • Circle K Cycles Coffee House Press, 2001
  • I Hotel Coffee House Press, 2010
  • Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance, edited with an afterword by Stephen Hong Sohn Coffee House Press, 2014
  • Letters to Memory Coffee House Press, 2017


  1. ^ Production history at East West Players
  2. ^ http://wwwnationalbookorg/nba2010_f_yamashitahtml
  3. ^ United States Artists Official Website
  4. ^ "Humanities professors awarded UC Presidential Chair" UC Santa Cruz News Retrieved 2018-01-11 

External links

  • Gier, Jean Vengua; Tejeda, Carla Alicia 1998 "An Interview with Karen Tei Yamashita" Jouvert: Journal of Postcolonial Studies Retrieved 29 March 2006 
  • Murashige, Michael "Karen Tei Yamashita" Heath Anthology of American Literature Retrieved 29 March 2006 
  • "Karen Tei Yamashita" PDF Voices from the Gaps University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy Retrieved 3 May 2016  Includes a list of critical work on the author and additional biographical details
  • Cheng, Wendy 2005 "Karen Tei Yamashita: A Twist on the Mix" Loggernaut Retrieved 3 July 2006 
  • Covella, Linda "UC Santa Cruz Professor Announced as National Book Award Finalist" Santa Cruz Patch Archived from the original on July 15, 2011 

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