Lara Mylord

Lara Mylord was born in Germany in February 1987. She has been studying English and French at the University of Wuppertal for three and a half years now. She took this year’s course on “Japanese Americans” which she attended with great interest.

Updated October 2010

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From a Japanese American Literature Class at a German University

Racism in Post-War America: Not a Matter of Black or White

During this summer term, I attended the course “Japanese Americans” at the University of Wuppertal in Germany. The overall aim of the course was to introduce us students to the literature of Japanese Americans in America now and then. In this article I would like to comment on one short story by Hisaye Yamamoto which I liked in particular: “Wilshire Bus” (in Seventeen Syllables and other Stories, 1988).

In the aftermath of World War II, life in general was not an easy matter. War time had shaken up basic and fundamental values, power structures had shifted around the globe, and ...

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