No More Cherry Blossoms: Sisters Matsumoto and Other Plays
By Philip Kan Gotanda. Foreword by Stephen Sumida.
In these four new plays, renowned playwright Philip Kan Gotanda explores the choices and challenges Japanese American women face. Although set in different decades of the twentieth century, the plays are all absolutely modern in the human struggles they depict.
Sisters Matsumoto tells of three Japanese American sisters who return to their family farm in Stockton, California, after living in an internment camp during WWII.
The Wind Cries Mary is a gripping drama set in the tumultuous heyday of social upheaval that was San Francisco in 1968, when California’s Asian American intellectuals were first finding a political voice.
Ballad of Yachiyo, set in 1919 in Hawai‘i, is a moving story of a girl’s coming to sexual maturity after being sent from home to work for an alcoholic artisan and his wife.
Under the Rainbow combines two one-act plays. Natalie Wood Is Dead examines the tensions between a mother and her daughter, both television actresses trapped in an industry that views them exclusively through the lens of the Japanese American identity. White Manifesto and Other Perfumed Tales of Self-Entitlement, or, Got Rice? is a sly and disturbing expose of a white male who prefers Asian American females.
Paper: 272 pp. B/w photos.