Awake in the River and Shedding Silence

Awake in the River and Shedding Silence

"Fierce, raw, and unapologetic, Janice Mirikitani's poetry and prose are as vibrant and resonant today as when these two collections were first published in 1978 and 1987.

Author: Janice Mirikitani


ISBN: 0295749598



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"Fierce, raw, and unapologetic, Janice Mirikitani's poetry and prose are as vibrant and resonant today as when these two collections were first published in 1978 and 1987. Now back in print in one volume, Awake in the River and Shedding Silence epitomizes Mirikitani's singular voice-one that is brash, sexual, politically outspoken, and unconcerned with pandering to mainstream audiences. An influential artist and activist, Mirikitani has advanced the causes of women of color feminisms, global anti-imperialism, and Afro-Asian solidarity for more than fifty years. Her writings confront sexualized violence, anti-Asian racism, the intergenerational trauma of incarceration, the dangers of passivity, and internalized oppression, while also illuminating the power of awakening from silence and fighting for justice. Connecting Japanese American discrimination with broader struggles from the local to the global, Awake in the River and Shedding Silence showcases how the renowned poet found power in speaking out"--

Masking Selves Making Subjects

Masking Selves  Making Subjects

In all of her work, Awake in the River (1978), Shedding Silence (1987) and We, the Dangerous: Selected and New Poems (1995), and more than any other writer I discuss, Mirikitani is aware and wary of the ways in which silence has been ...

Author: Traise Yamamoto

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520210349

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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This sophisticated and comprehensive study is the first to situate Japanese American women's writing within theoretical contexts that provide a means of articulating the complex relationships between language and the body, gender and agency, nationalism and identity. Through an examination of post-World War II autobiographical writings, fiction, and poetry, Traise Yamamoto argues that these writers have employed the trope of masking—textually and psychologically—as a strategy to create an alternative discursive practice and to protect the self as subject. Yamamoto's range is broad, and her interdisciplinary approach yields richly textured, in-depth readings of a number of genres, including film and travel narrative. Looking at how the West has sexualized, infantilized, and feminized Japanese culture for over a century, she examines contemporary Japanese American women's struggle with this orientalist fantasy. Analyzing the various constraints and possibilities that these writers negotiate in order to articulate their differences, she shows how masking serves as a self-affirming discourse that dynamically interacts with mainstream culture's racial and sexual projections.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature 3 volumes

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature  3 volumes

She has published four books of poetry: Awake in the River (1978), Shedding Silence (1987), We, the Dangerous: New and Selected Poems (1995), and Love Works (2002). Additionally, Mirikitani has edited several anthologies, including two ...

Author: Guiyou Huang

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781567207361

Category: Literary Criticism

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Asian American literature dates back to the close of the 19th century, and during the years following World War II it significantly expanded in volume and diversity. Monumental in scope, this encyclopedia surveys Asian American literature from its origins through 2007. Included are more than 270 alphabetically arranged entries on writers, major works, significant historical events, and important terms and concepts. Thus the encyclopedia gives special attention to the historical, social, cultural, and legal contexts surrounding Asian American literature and central to the Asian American experience. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and cites works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography of essential print and electronic resources. While literature students will value this encyclopedia as a guide to writings by Asian Americans, the encyclopedia also supports the social studies curriculum by helping students use literature to learn about Asian American history and culture, as it pertains to writers from a host of Asian ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including Afghans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Iranians, Indians, Vietnamese, Hawaiians, and other Asian Pacific Islanders. The encyclopedia supports the literature curriculum by helping students learn more about Asian American literature. In addition, it supports the social studies curriculum by helping students learn about the Asian American historical and cultural experience.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Contemporary American Ethnic Poets

Contemporary American Ethnic Poets

Mirikitani's four volumes of her poetry and prose are Awake in the River ( 1978 ) , Shedding Silence : Poetry and Prose ( 1987 ) , We , the Dangerous : New and Selected Poems ( 1995 ) , and Love Works ( 2001 ) .

Author: Linda Cullum

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313324840

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 326

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Alphabetically arranged entries explore the lives and works of seventy-five contemporary poets representing a dozen different ethnic backgrounds.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature I M

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature  I   M

Her books of poetry include Awake in the River (1978), Shedding Silence (1987), We the Dangerous (1995), and Love Works (2002). As executive director of programs at Glide Memorial Church in the turbulent Tenderloin District of San ...

Author: Nelson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 031333062X

Category: American literature

Page: 2483

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Alphabetically arranged entries in five chronological volumes focus on individual authors, works, and topics related to multiethnic American literature.
Categories: American literature

Immigrant Women

Immigrant Women

... 1923 ) ; and new work , such as Janice Mirikitani , Awake in the River ( San Francisco : Isthmus , 1978 ) and Shedding Silence ( Berkeley : Celestial Arts , 1987 ) ; Mitsuye Yamada , Desert Run : Poems and Stories ( Latham . N.Y .

Author: Maxine Seller

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791419037

Category: Social Science

Page: 378

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Immigrant Women combines memoirs, diaries, oral history, and fiction to present an authentic and emotionally compelling record of women's struggles to build new lives in a new land. This new edition has been expanded to include additional material on recent Asian and Hispanic immigration and an updated bibliography.
Categories: Social Science

The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature

The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature

... Eric Chock's Ten Thousand Wishes ( 1978 ) , Janice Mirikitani's Awake in the River and Shedding Silence , Alan Lau's Songs for Jadina ( 1980 ) , Garrett HONGO's Yellow Light and The River of Heaven , Al Robles's Kayaomunggi Vision ...

Author: Steven R. Serafin

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826417779

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1305

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More than ten years in the making, this comprehensive single-volume literary survey is for the student, scholar, and general reader. The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature represents a collaborative effort, involving 300 contributors from across the US and Canada. Composed of more than 1,100 signed biographical-critical entries, this Encyclopedia serves as both guide and companion to the study and appreciation of American literature. A special feature is the topical article, of which there are 70.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Unsettling America

Unsettling America

authored two books of poetry and prose: Awake in the River and Shedding Silence. Mirikitani has also edited numerous anthologies, including Making Waves, An Asian Women 's Anthology. James Masao Mitsui is a Nisei (second-generation ...

Author: Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101573891

Category: Poetry

Page: 432

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A multicultural array of poets explore what it is means to be American This powerful and moving collection of poems stretches across the boundaries of skin color, language, ethnicity, and religion to give voice to the lives and experiences of ethnic Americans. With extraordinary honesty, dignity, and insight, these poems address common themes of assimilation, communication, and self-perception. In recording everyday life in our many American cultures, they displace the myths and stereotypes that pervade our culture. Unsettling America includes work by: Amiri Baraka Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Rita Dove Louise Erdich Jessica Hagedorn Joy Harjo Garrett Hongo Li-Young Lee Pat Mora Naomi Shihab Nye Marye Percy Ishmael Reed Alberto Rios Ntozake Shange Gary Soto Lawrence Ferlinghetti Nellie Wong David Hernandez Mary TallMountain ...and many more.
Categories: Poetry

Japanese American History

Japanese American History

This work became the central poem of her most recent anthology , Shedding Silence , published in 1987. Her first anthology of prose and poetry , Awake in the River , first published in 1978 , was well - received and has gone into its ...

Author: Japanese-American National Museum Staff

Publisher: VNR AG

ISBN: 0816026807

Category: Japanese Americans

Page: 386

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Produced under the auspices of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, this comprehensive reference culls information from primary sources--Japanese-language texts and documents, oral histories, and other previously neglected or obscured materials--to document the history and nature of the Japanese American experience as told by the people who lived it. The volume is divided into three major sections: a chronology with some 800 entries; a 400-entry encyclopedia covering people, events, groups, and cultural terms; and an annotated bibliography of major works on Japanese Americans. Includes about 80 bandw illustrations and photographs. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Categories: Japanese Americans

An Ear to the Ground

An Ear to the Ground

She has edited three anthologies and is the author of Shedding Silence ( Celestial Arts Press , 1976 ) and Awake in the River ( Isthmus Press , 1978 ) . James Masao Mitsui is a high school teacher and a recipient of a fellowship from ...

Author: Marie Harris

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820311235

Category: Poetry

Page: 335

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A multicultural anthology of contemporary American poetry, featuring works by over one hundred famous and lesser-known writers, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, Simon Oritz, and Ray A. Young Bear.
Categories: Poetry

Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater

Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater

Mirikitani has published four books of poetry: Awake in the River (1978), Shedding Silence (1987), We, the Dangerous (1995), and Love Works (2003). In 2000, she was named San Francisco's second Poet Laureate. She is also the recipient ...

Author: Wenying Xu

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810855779

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 389

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The Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater covers the history of Asian American literature and theater through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 600 cross-referenced entries on authors, books, and genres. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about this important topic.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

A Study Guide for Sharon Hashimoto s What I Would Ask My Husband s Dead Father

A Study Guide for Sharon Hashimoto s  What I Would Ask My Husband s Dead Father

She has published three volumes of poetry, Awake in the River (1978), Shedding Silence (1987) and We, the Dangerous: New and Selected Poems (1995). Her poetry attacks racism, sexism, poverty, war, and injustice.

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410342454

Category: Literary Criticism

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A Study Guide for Sharon Hashimoto's "What I Would Ask My Husband's Dead Father," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Poetry for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Poetry for Students for all of your research needs.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust

Mirikitani is San Francisco's second poet laureate, the author of four poetry books—Awake in the River; Shedding Silence; We, the Dangerous; and Love Works—and the editor of nine anthologies. She is also the coauthor of Beyond the ...

Author: Janice Mirikitani

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824847944

Category: Poetry

Page: 208

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Out of the Dust is a collection of new poems by activist, leader, poet, and editor Janice Mirikitani. After being named San Francisco’s second Poet Laureate in 2000, this fifth book of poems from Mirikitani was written in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Drawing from her own background as a Sansei (third generation) Japanese American, Mirikitani reflects on the many ways we connect through the dust and our ability to rise and renew ourselves from this place. From the dust of the World Trade Center in New York to the retaliatory ashes of the dead in America’s war in Afghanistan, the poems in this volume seek to explicate the connections of our humanity to the reactionary profiling of people of Middle Eastern descent and different ethnicities, comparing these choices to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Mirikitani’s poems cover topics about rape, incest, the continued struggle for justice and economic equality, and the poet’s experiences throughout her 50-year career at Glide Foundation and Church in San Francisco, where she has helped to create groundbreaking programs for the poor, women and children, and those who are healing from sexual assault, violence and abuse. Though constructed from a depth of experiences with struggle, these poems also erupt in celebration of marriage, daughters, and the discovery of self through diversity.
Categories: Poetry

Nurturing Success

Nurturing Success

Janice has published three novels : Awake in the River ( 1978 ) ; Shedding Silence ( 1987 ) ; and , most recently , We , the Dangerous ( 1995 ) . She has also edited several landmark anthologies , including Time to Greez : Incantations ...

Author: Essie E. Lee

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275960331

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 293

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Explores the mother/daughter relationships of 13 ethnic groups.
Categories: Family & Relationships

An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature

An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature

1978. Awake in the River . San Francisco : Isthmus Press . 1987. Shedding Silence . Berkeley : Celestial Arts . Mistry , Rohinton . 1989. Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag . Boston : Houghton Mifflin . 1991.

Author: King-Kok Cheung

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521447909

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 414

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A survey of Asian American literature.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Imaging Japanese America

Imaging Japanese America

Milstein, Michael. “Japanese Americans Revisit Their Painful Past.” Los Angeles Times, October 3, 1994. Mirikitani, Janice. Awake in the River. San Francisco: Isthmus Press, 1978. –. Shedding Silence. Berkeley, CA; Celestial Arts, 1987.

Author: Elena Tajima Creef

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814716212

Category: Art

Page: 245

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Creef looks at racial profiling Asian Americans over the past 100 years by examining images by well known photographers such as Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams.
Categories: Art

Women Writers in the Twentieth Century Literature

Women Writers in the Twentieth Century Literature

Other poets include Janice Mirikitani whose collections , Awake in the River ( 1978 ) and Shedding Silence ( 1987 ) contain the raw passion of rage at US militarism in Vietnam and patriarchal ...

Author: Monika Gupta

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 8171569595

Category: Feminism and literature

Page: 236

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The Present Anthology, Consisting Of Some Twenty Articles Of Moderate Length By Eminent Scholars At The National Level, Is An Attempt In Analysing The Point Of View Of Women As Evinced In The Writings Of The Women Writers Belonging To The Different Genres And The Countries Like India, America, South-Africa, Canada, The Other Countries Of The Commonwealth And Africa, And Also The Writing Branded As Post Modernist Literature And The Literature Of The New Modernity .Where The Emphasis Is Laid Particularly Upon The Issues Of Identity, Alienation, Suppression And Protest Pertaining To The Lot Of Women In The Present Day World, The Volume Stresses An Usurping Issue Of Her Dominance Over Men, Not Through Her Sexuality But The Far Effective Qualities Of Her Motherhood.This Volume Is Brought Out With The Trust That It Would Throw Fresh Light On The Approach Of The Researchers And Make The Literary Critical Art A Pastime In Excavating As Well As Analysing Thoughts Of The Modern Writers On Both Woman And Her Feminity.
Categories: Feminism and literature

Betrayal and Other Acts of Subversion

Betrayal and Other Acts of Subversion

Awake in the River. San Francisco: Isthmus. . 1987. Shedding Silence. Berkeley: Celestial Arts. Miyoshi, Masao. 1993. “A Borderless World? From Colonialism to Transnationalism and the Decline of the Nation-State.

Author: Leslie Bow

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400824144

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Asian American women have long dealt with charges of betrayal within and beyond their communities. Images of their "disloyalty" pervade American culture, from the daughter who is branded a traitor to family for adopting American ways, to the war bride who immigrates in defiance of her countrymen, to a figure such as Yoko Ono, accused of breaking up the Beatles with her "seduction" of John Lennon. Leslie Bow here explores how representations of females transgressing the social order play out in literature by Asian American women. Questions of ethnic belonging, sexuality, identification, and political allegiance are among the issues raised by such writers as Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Bharati Mukherjee, Jade Snow Wong, Amy Tan, Sky Lee, Le Ly Hayslip, Wendy Law-Yone, Fiona Cheong, and Nellie Wong. Beginning with the notion that feminist and Asian American identity are mutually exclusive, Bow analyzes how women serve as boundary markers between ethnic or national collectives in order to reveal the male-based nature of social cohesion. In exploring the relationship between femininity and citizenship, liberal feminism and American racial discourse, and women's domestic abuse and human rights, the author suggests that Asian American women not only mediate sexuality's construction as a determiner of loyalty but also manipulate that construction as a tool of political persuasion in their writing. The language of betrayal, she argues, offers a potent rhetorical means of signaling how belonging is policed by individuals and by the state. Bow's bold analysis exposes the stakes behind maintaining ethnic, feminist, and national alliances, particularly for women who claim multiple loyalties.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Truthtellers of the Times

Truthtellers of the Times

Some of her best - known books include We the Dangerous ( 1995 ) , Shedding Silence ( 1987 ) , and Awake in the River ( 1978 ) . In 1970 Mirikitani cofounded Aion , the first Asian - American literary journal , and in 1980 she edited ...

Author: Janet Palmer Mullaney

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472066803

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 109

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Frank and lively conversations with fifteen fascinating contemporary poets
Categories: Literary Criticism

Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature

Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature

Awake in the River. San Francisco: Isthmus Press, 1978. ———. Shedding Silence: Poetryand Prose. Berkeley, Calif.: Celestial Arts,1987. ———. We, the Dangerous: New and Selected Poems. London: Virago, 1995. Reprint,Berkeley, Calif.


Publisher: Infobase Learning

ISBN: 9781438140582


Page: 384

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Presents a reference on Asian-American literature providing profiles of Asian-American writers and their works.