A memoir in short stories, Starting from Loomis
chronicles the life of accomplished writer, playwright, poet, and
actor Hiroshi Kashiwagi. In this dynamic portrait of an aging
writer trying to remember himself as a younger man, Kashiwagi
recalls and reflects upon the moments, people, forces, mysteries,
and choices-the things in his life that he cannot forget-that have
made him who he is.
Central to this collection are Kashiwagi's confinement at Tule
Lake during World War II, his choice to answer "no" and "no" to
questions 27 and 28 on the official government loyalty
questionnaire, and the resulting lifelong stigma of being labeled a
"No-No Boy" after his years of incarceration. His nonlinear,
multifaceted writing not only reflects the fragmentations of memory
induced by traumas of racism, forced removal, and imprisonment but
also can be read as a bold personal response to the impossible
conditions he and other Nisei faced throughout their lifetimes.
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