A memoir in short stories, this book chronicles the life of accomplished writer, playwright, poet, and actor Hiroshi Kashiwagi. In this dynamic portrait of an ageing writer trying to remember himself as a younger man, Kashiwagi recalls and reflects upon the moments, people, forces, mysteries, and choices -- the things in his life that he cant forget -- that have made him who he is. Central to this collection are Kashiwagis internment at Tule Lake during World War II, his choice to answer and to questions 27 and 28 on the official government loyalty questionnaire, and the resulting life-long stigma of being labelled a No-No Boy after his years of incarceration. His n-linear, multi-faceted writing t only reflects the fragmentations of memory induced by traumas of racism, forced removal, and incarceration but also can be read as a bold personal response to the impossible conditions he and other Nisei faced throughout their lifetimes.
Hiroshi Kashiwagi is a Nisei writer, playwright, actor, and the winner of the American Book Award in 2005 for Swimming in the American: A Memoir and Selected Writings.