Jackson Bliss

Jackson Bliss earned his MFA from the University of Notre Dame where he was the Fiction Fellow and the 2007 Sparks Prize Winner and his PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at USC where he worked with TC Boyle, Aimee Bender and Viet Nguyen on a critical dissertation on Asian American literature and a second novel, The Ninjas of My Greater Self. His fiction and lyrical essays have appeared most recently in Tin House, Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, Fiction, Quarterly West, ZYZZYVA, Fiction International, Notre Dame Review, African American Review, Kartika Review, Quarter After Eight, Connecticut Review, Stand (UK), The Good Men Project, New (Australia) and 3:am Magazine, among others. You can find him at www.jacksonbliss.com + https://twitter.com/jacksonbliss.

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Nikkei Chronicles #2—Nikkei+: Stories of Mixed Language, Traditions, Generations & Race

アメリカ人のお宅 (American Otaku)

When I was a boy, I felt disconnected from the kids in Northern Michigan. I played with Star Wars action figures and Japanese robots, creating intricate storylines inside my head about galactic invasion. Sometimes, I flipped through manga my parents brought back from Japan, even though I couldn’t read kanji yet.

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I showed up to school dressed in a Miami Vice outfit (my classmates taunted me, a few threatened to beat me up for “being a pussy”). I also played soccer and pretended I was a spy. On Saturdays, I went to my Obāsan’s trailer and played …

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