Where The Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey Of Race, Sexuality And Identity by David MuraWhere The Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey Of Race, Sexuality And Identity by David Mura

Where The Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey Of Race, Sexuality And Identity

byDavid Mura

Paperback | June 16, 1997

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In Turning Japanese, poet David Mura chronicled a year in Japan in which his sense of identity as a Japanese American was transformed. In Where the Body Meets Memory, Mura focuses on his experience growing up Japanese American in a country which interned both his parents during World War II, simply because of their race. Interweaving his own experience with that of his family and of other sansei-third generation Japanese Americans-Mura reveals how being a "model minority" has resulted in a loss of heritage and wholeness for generations of Japanese Americans.

In vivid and searingly honest prose, Mura goes on to suggest how the shame of internment affected his sense of sexuality, leading him to face troubling questions about desire and race: an interracial marriage, compulsive adultery, and an addiction to pornography which equates beauty with whiteness. Using his own experience as a measure of racial and sexual grief, Mura illustrates how the connections between race and desire are rarely discussed, how certain taboos continue to haunt this country's understanding of itself. Ultimately, Mura faces the most difficult legacy of miscegenation: raising children in a world which refuses to recognize and honor its racial diversity.

Intimate and lyrically stunning, Where the Body Meets Memory is a personal journey out of the self and into America's racial and sexual psyche.
David Mura is a poet, memoirist, essayist, playwright, writer of fiction, performance artist , and literary critic.
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Title:Where The Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey Of Race, Sexuality And IdentityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.63 inPublished:June 16, 1997Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:038547184X

ISBN - 13:9780385471848

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In "Where the Body Meets Memory", David Mura focuses on his experience growing up Japanese American in a country that interned both his parents during world War II. Interweaving his own experience with that of his family and other "sansei"--third-generation Japanese-Americans--Mura reveals how being a "model minority" has resulted in a loss of heritage and wholeness for generations of Japanese Americans