A Japanese Robinson Crusoe Jenichiro Oyabe

ISBN: 9780824832476

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185 pages


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A Japanese Robinson Crusoe  by  Jenichiro Oyabe

A Japanese Robinson Crusoe by Jenichiro Oyabe
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First published in 1898 and long out of print, Jenichiro Oyabes (1867-1941) A Japanese Robinson Crusoe is a pioneering work of Asian American literature. It recounts Oyabes early life in Japan, his journey west, and his education at twoMoreFirst published in 1898 and long out of print, Jenichiro Oyabes (1867-1941) A Japanese Robinson Crusoe is a pioneering work of Asian American literature. It recounts Oyabes early life in Japan, his journey west, and his education at two historically Black colleges, detailing in the process his gradual transformation from Meiji gentleman to self-proclaimed Japanese Yankee.

Like a Victorian novelist, Oyabe spins a tale that mixes faith and exoticism, social analysis and humor. His story fuses classic American narratives of self-creation and the self-made man (and, in some cases, the tall tale) with themes of immigrant belonging and whiteness. Although he compares himself with the castaway Robinson Crusoe, Oyabe might best be described as a combination of Crusoe and his faithful servant Friday, the Christianized man of color who hungers to be enlightened by Western ways.

A Japanese Robinson Crusoe contains many engaging vignettes of turn-of-the-century life, including snapshots of a modernizing Japan, gaslight-era New York, and Hawaii on the eve of annexation, and relates the authors encounters with Chinese, Europeans, and Native Americans. In addition, Oyabes narrative is flavored with insights on important questions for contemporary Americans: How does one become American? How is Asian American identity formed in response to the conditions of other racial groups? When and how did the Asian American model minority myth emerge?



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