No-No Boy

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No-No Boy tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a fictional version of the real-life ôno-no boys.ö Yamada answered ônoö twice in a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States. Unwilling to pledge himself to the country that interned him and his family, Ichiro earns two years in prison and the hostility of his family and community when he returns home to Seattle. As Ozeki writes, IchiroÆs ôobsessive, tormentedö voice subverts Japanese postwar ômodel-minorityö stereotypes, showing a fractured community and one manÆs ôthrenody of guilt, rage, and blame as he tries to negotiate his reentry into a shattered world.ö

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