John Okada

John Okada was an American author best known for his novel 'No-No Boy', which tells the story of a Japanese American dealing with the aftermath of internment during World War II. Born in Seattle, Washington, in 1923, Okada's work is recognized for its exploration of the Japanese American experience and the challenges of identity and loyalty faced by this community in the mid-20th century. 'No-No Boy' has become a seminal work in Asian American literature, although Okada did not live to see its impact, as he passed away in 1971.


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  1. 1. No No Boy

    This novel centers on the life of a young Japanese American man in the aftermath of World War II. Struggling with his identity and the societal rejection he faces for refusing to serve in the U.S. military, he returns to his hometown in Seattle, only to confront the deep divisions within his community and family. As he navigates the challenges of post-war America, he embarks on a painful journey of self-discovery, attempting to reconcile his cultural heritage with his national identity. The narrative delves into themes of loyalty, belonging, and the complexities of racial prejudice, offering a poignant exploration of the immigrant experience in the United States.

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