Turning Japanese

Item # 151163.

By MariNaomi Lake-Schal.

Turning Japanese is a comics memoir that chronicles MariNaomi’s  experiences working in illegal hostess bars in San Jose and Tokyo while  attempting to connect with a culture that had eluded her since  childhood. The story begins in 1995 when 22-year-old Mari had just gotten out of a long-term  relationship. She moved to San Jose, California, where she was exposed  to a wider Asian population than she’d ever known in her hometown of  Mill Valley. It didn’t take her much time to fall in love with a  new person. Soon after, she found employment at a hostess bar for  Japanese expats, where she was determined to learn the Japanese language  and culture. This all in the hopes of finally connecting with her  Japanese relatives without the use of her mother as a translator. 

Hardbound: 228 pp.

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