May 18, 2021

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Hisaye Yamamoto: Who was she and why have Google dedicated their Doodle to her today?


Google have dedicated today Doodle at Hisaye Yamamoto, who was one of the first Asian Americans to receive national post-war literary recognition.

Hisaye Yamamoto, a difficult life

The Japanese-American author was born in 1921 and died in 2011, but it was her work on first and second generation Japanese Americans that saw her rise to prominence, as she detailed their experiences in the aftermath of World War II in an attempt. to bridge the cultural gap between the two.

As part of Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month, Hisaye Yamamoto was honored and her work was considered a benchmark.

Hisaye YamamotoHer family were among more than 120,000 Japanese Americans forced by the United States to move to government prison camps, but after being released and returned to Los Angeles in 1945, she assumed a role in Los Angeles. Tribune.

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After three years with the newspaper, during which she witnessed the widespread racism that many under-represented groups have faced, Hisaye Yamamoto published his first short story: ‘High heel shoes“.

This was followed in 1950 by another short story, ‘The legend of Miss Sasagawara‘, and she continued to speak out in the fight against war, racism and violence.

In 1986, Hisaye Yamamoto won the Prior to the American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Columbus Foundation because of its storytelling and contributions to American multicultural literature.