Books & Conversations: Rosebud and Other Stories by Wakako Yamauchi, Edited by Lillian Howan

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May 20111

Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Ave
Los Angeles, California, 90012
United States

Secret desires, unfulfilled longing, and irrepressible humor flow through the stories of Wakako Yamauchi, writings that depict the lives of Nisei, second-generation Japanese Americans.

Through the medium of Yamauchi’s storytelling, readers enter the world of desert farmers, factory workers, gamblers, housewives, con artists, and dreamers. Elegantly simple in words and complex in resonance, her stories reveal hidden strength, resilience, and the persistence of hope.

Program is free with admission. Reservations recommended to or 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior to the event. Include the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.

About Wakako Yamauchi:
Wakako Yamauchi was born in 1924 in the desert farmlands of the California Imperial Valley. In 1942, the seventeen-year-old Yamauchi and her family were interned with thousands of other Japanese Americans in Poston Relocation Center in the Arizona desert. She worked as an artist for the camp newspaper, the Poston Chronicle, and there began her lifelong friendship with the writer Hisaye Yamamoto.

Following the war, Yamauchi began writing fiction. Her short story “And the Soul Shall Dance” was published in the groundbreaking Asian American anthology Aiiieeeee! (1974) and later adapted into an award-winning play, beginning Yamauchi’s long career as an acclaimed playwright. Her first collection, Songs My Mother Taught Me: Stories, Plays, and Memoir, was published in 1994. Yamauchi wrote the stories collected in Rosebud in her later years, focusing on the clarity of her language and “telling the story, getting as close to the truth as I can.”


JANM . Last modified Apr 23 2011 7:46 p.m.

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