Koji Steven Sakai

Koji Steven Sakai escreveu quatro filmes que foram produzidos, Haunted Highway (2006), The People I’ve Slept With (2009), Monster & Me (2012) e #1 Serial Killer (2012). Ele também atuou como produtor em The People I’ve Slept With e #1 Serial Killer. Seu roteiro de longa-metragem, Romeo, Juliet & Rosaline, foi escolhido pela Amazon Studios. O romance de estréia de Koji, Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies, foi lançado por Luthando Coeur, a editora de fantasia da Zharmae Publishing Press, em fevereiro de 2015.

Atualizado em março de 2015

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A Coluna de Koji

O ESPÍRITO NIKKEI

Eu me lembro que quando criança eu já sabia que não tinha “cara de americano” e por essa razão eu às vezes também não me sentia “americano”. Como uma “pessoa de cor” vivendo nos Estados Unidos, esta verdade era evidente mesmo sem ninguém nunca ter dito isso na minha cara. E uma parte de mim sempre se sentiu como se eu fosse um japonês que apenas morava nos Estados Unidos. Foi por isso que fiquei tão empolgado em visitar o Japão pela primeira vez com minha família quando eu tinha ...

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“Kuma,” A Short Story, Part 3 of 3

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Eddy’s life changed right away. He stopped going to school and his family wasn’t allowed to leave the house at night. Eddy spent the first couple of days playing with Kuma and with Julia once she got back from school.

Eddy noticed a lot of strangers were going in and out of his front door and how things around the house were slowly disappearing. He found his mom arguing with a man over a brand new vacuum cleaner his dad had bought her for their anniversary.

“This is brand new and worth five times what ...

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“Kuma,” A Short Story, Part 2 of 3

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Eddy was a Nisei, which means second generation Japanese. In other words, his parents were born in Japan, but he was born in America and was therefore a citizen. Because he had never visited his parent’s homeland and since he couldn’t speak a word of their native language, he always felt more American than Japanese.

But when others saw Eddy, they saw the enemy. At school, the other kids wouldn’t let him play baseball during recess and the teachers stopped calling on him in class. They all blamed him for what Japan had done ...

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“Kuma,” A Short Story, Part 1 of 3

Eddy Murakami’s 10th birthday was on July 4, 1941 and he knew he wanted a dog. He even had a name picked out already. The dog’s name was going to be Kuma, which in Japanese means, “bear.”

For the entire month of June, Eddy begged his dad to get him a dog.

“Dad, can I have a dog?” Eddy would ask every time he saw him.

And every time Mr. Murakami would say, “No.”

But Eddy wasn’t the kind of boy that took no for an answer. So he kept asking.

By the time his birthday finally ...

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Book Review: “How Much Do You Love Me?” by Paul Mark Tag

How Much Do You Love Me? by Paul Mark Tag is the kind of novel I usually hate.

Here’s the Amazon.com synopsis:

It’s December 1941, and the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. Politicians fuel anti-Japanese hysteria and campaign to segregate Japanese Americans. During this period of hate and racial frenzy, Keiko and James, a Japanese American and a Caucasian, fall in love and marry. Before long, James goes off to war and Keiko to an internment camp.

Sixty years later, Keiko has a stroke and lies near death, while James suffers from Alzheimer’s. Coincidentally, a chance ...

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