By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
“Deceit and Other Possibilities,” Vanessa Hua’s debut collection of short stories published by Willow Publishing, has won the 2016 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Adult Fiction, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) announced this week.
In the collection, released in September 2016, Hua explores the experiences of immigrants and ideas of identity, choice, home, and otherness.
“I’m thrilled to receive this award, and am grateful to be counted among such illustrious winners,” Hua told NBC News. “I’m indebted to librarians who make a place for all readers and spread the word about books that reflect the world we live in.” Read more
Source: NBC News
By Nicolas Gattig
“I thought if there was a way to walk across the ocean (back) to Japan, I would have done so.” This is how Haruno Tazawa remembers her early experience as a “picture bride” — the name for the more than 20,000 women who, during the period of restricted immigration between 1908 and 1924, left Japan to marry Japanese men mainly in Hawaii after only seeing them in photographs.
In “Picture Bride Stories,” Barbara F. Kawakami interviews 16 of these women who sailed to Hawaii, including Tazawa. A rich tapestry of immigrant lives, the book is narrated with generous sweep and great anthropological detail. A recurring theme is the hardships many of the women endured on the sugar plantations where they worked. Read more
Source: The Japan Times