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Apparitions of AsiaModernist Form and Asian American Politics$
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Josephine Nock-Hee Park

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195332735

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332735.001.0001

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Beats and Bandits

Beats and Bandits

Lawson Fusao Inada and the Asian American Movement

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Apparitions of Asia

Josephine Nock-Hee Park

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a spectrum of poetic responses to American Orientalism by Asian American poets in the early years of the ethnic nationalist movement. Largely forgotten poets like David Hsin‐Fu Wand played native informant to both Pound and Snyder, but the Orient was a prisonhouse for activist poet Lawson Fusao Inada, who turned instead to African American and Chicano artistic influences. In reading the differing transpacific and American alliances imagined by Asian American artists, this chapter argues that a literary legacy of Orientalism exerted significant pressure on the formation of Asian American poetry.

Keywords:   Lawson Fusao Inada, Haiku, Ethnic nationalism, Japanese internment, Jazz

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