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Migrant and Minority Nostalgia in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Circle K Cycles

Grazia Micheli    University of Nottingham, UK    

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This essay explores the concept of nostalgia through an analysis of Circle K Cycles (2001), a creative (auto)ethnographic text in which the Japanese American writer Karen Tei Yamashita portrays Japanese Brazilians’ ethnic return migration to Japan in the 1980s and 1990s. In the face of social marginalisation and the hegemonic pressures of Japanese culture to conform to a standard of ‘pure Japaneseness’, Japanese Brazilians reinforce their attachment to Brazil, which they express in the form of nostalgia, or saudade. Yet Yamashita criticises any idea of cultural separateness and ‘purity’, both by experimenting with form and by describing phenomena of cultural hybridisation.

Pubblicato
22 Dicembre 2020
Accettato
07 Settembre 2020
Presentato
03 Settembre 2020
Lingua
EN

Keywords: Japanese BraziliansEthnic return migrationAsian American literatureNostalgiaCircle K CyclesKaren Tei Yamashita

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