On Being Yukiko

Item # 156333.

By Jeff Chiba Stearns and Lillian Michiko Blakey.

In a rare collaboration between two of Canada’s most notable Japanese Canadian artists, Jeff Chiba Stearns and Lillian Michiko Blakey, comes an intergenerational story on Japanese Canadian family history and cultural identity. Through the blending of two unique artistic styles--Jeff’s cartoony ‘hapanimation’ and Lillian’s sketchy realism--this graphic novel tells the story of twelve-year-old Emma, who is Gosei & ‘quarter’ Japanese. Emma learns about her Japanese roots through the story of her great-great grandmother Maki, a Japanese picture bride who journeyed to Canada at the turn of the 20th century. Through Maki’s story of extreme perseverance and sacrifice, having been interned and then deported to Japan after WWII, Emma discovers a deeper connection to her Japanese Canadian identity, on being Yukiko.

Hardbound: 56 pp.




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