Restless Wave: My Life in Two Worlds, a Memoir

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Feminist Press at CUNY, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 286 pages
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With the publication of Restless Wave in 1940, pioneering feminist, journalist, and activist Ayako Ishigaki made history. One of the first English-language books by a Japanese woman, this rediscovered classic introduces new generations to a writer of great talent, integrity, and courage. Originally published under the pen name Haru Matsui to protect her family against government reprisal on both sides of the Pacific, Ishigaki's memoir offers a rare glimpse into the lives of Japanese/Americans, particularly women, between the first two world wars. In exquisite prose, she brilliantly locates her struggle for independence -- as a woman and a person of conscience -- on the map of injustice and resistance. Vivid scenes from a traditional Japanese girlhood at the turn of the century trace her gradual political awakening, one that would force her to flee an increasingly militaristic Japan for the United States, and then inspire her to rise up against injustice there as well. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

PART ONE
3
Early Memories
7
My Father
15
Home and Play
24
Second Mother
36
New Years
45
On the Beach
52
New Women
59
Earthquake
136
Visiting KobeShinkawa Slums
147
Hunting for a Job
157
The Intelligence Officer
168
Detention Cell
176
Coming to America
184
Nostalgia
193
New York City in Snow
201

End of Childhood
64
PART TWO
77
Home Training
86
The Narikin and the Rice Riot
94
1919
102
Elder Sisters Wedding
115
PART THREE
127
Love with Anger
210
The Falling of New Sprouts
217
Whither Immigrants
225
A Soldiers Notebook
239
Epilogue
249
Afterword
253
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Ayako Ishigaki was a pioneering Japanese American feminist and social activist. Her remarkable career included work as a transnational feminist, journalist, biographer, television personality, and activist, spanning the US Continent, the Pacific Ocean, and the twentieth century.

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