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Seventeen Syllables — Hisaye Yamamoto

This is the title story from Hisaye Yamamoto‘s book. Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories (1988); it was first published in Partisan Review in 1949. This story, based on Yamamoto’s own mother’s experience, treats two themes that recur in her writing: the restricted lives of first-generation Japanese immigrant women and the conflicts of language and culture … Read more

The Use of Humor and Satire in Hisaye Yamamoto’s Work

Hisaye Yamamoto was a Japanese-American writer known for her short stories and essays that explored the experiences and identities of Japanese-Americans. In addition to tackling serious themes such as discrimination and prejudice, Yamamoto also used humor and satire in her writing as a way to comment on social and political issues and to challenge traditional … Read more