Latifa Maazouz

Latifa Maazouz was born in Germany, in 1987. She studies English and Romance languages and literature at the University of Wuppertal. Besides languages and writing, she is also interested in learning more about different cultures and history of various countries.

Updated October 2010

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From a Japanese American Literature Class at a German University

"Yokohama, California" – Toshio Mori

The ideals behind one of the most famous phrases in the United States’ Declaration of Independence, “the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, can be found within several short stories of Toshio Mori’s Yokohama, California (Washington UP, 1949).

The author weaves different topics through his short stories, such as feelings of sadness, loneliness, restlessness, and the search for an identity and sense of belonging that stem from the immigration process. Other topics include racism, financial stresses that cause bad living conditions, including living below the poverty line. The list could go further. However, throughout all the ...

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