Letters to Memory
An excursion through the Japanese-American internment using archival materials from the author's own family. In this unique memoir, Karen Tei Yamashita draws on her family's history and creates a series of epistolary conversations with composite characters representing a range of academic specialties. Historians, anthropologists, classicists-their disciplines, and Yamashita's engagement with them, are a way for her explore various aspects of the internment and to expand its meaning beyond her family, and our borders, to ideas of debt, forgiveness, civil rights, and community.
Coffee House Press