New America Now: Writing About Japan

New America Now: Writing About Japan

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This week on New America Now - Writing About Japan: A serial killer strikes in post-war Tokyo in Tokyo Year Zero by David Peace, In Color of the Sea, John Hamamura examines living in America as a Japanese-American during the mid-20th century, and Michael Zielenzieger looks at Japan's lost generation in Shutting Out The Sun.

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Englishman David Peace has found living in Japan an inspiration for his writing. His book Tokyo Year Zero is the first in a crime trilogy about a real life serial killer who killed against the backdrop of burnt-out, post-war Tokyo.


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What does it mean to be Japanese American in the United States during the mid-twentieth century? Sam and Keiko find love but fate intervenes as the U.S. and Japan go to war. John Hamamura is the author of Color of the Sea.


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In his book Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation, Michael Zielenzieger explores the phenomena of the "hikikomori," young Japanese men taking to their rooms in their parents homes for months at a time and leaving life outside.


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