Asian American Short Story Writers: An A-to-Z Guide

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TOSHIO MORI (1910-1980)

Sarah Catlin Barnhart


♦ BIOGRAPHY

Toshio Mori was born in San Leandro, a community now overcome by the sprawling metropolis of Oakland, California, on March 20, 1910. He was the American son of Japanese parents, Hidekichi and Yoshi (Takaki) Mori. Upon arrival in America, his parents worked in plant nurseries, a profession which Mori would adopt as an adult. In an interview with Russell Leong, he credits an early affection for dime novels for his eventual infatuation with writing (Leong 93). Mori attended public schools, eventually earning a high school diploma. Although he did not receive additional formal schooling, he continued to educate himself, frequenting bookstores and libraries. He read French and Russian writers such as de Maupassant, Balzae, Chekhov, and Gorki, as well as Americans such as Katherine Mansfield, Stephen Crane, and Sherwood Anderson (Leong 93). At night, after a full day of work at the nursery, he wrote. Beginning in 1932 and up until 1942, he held himself to a strict four-hour-a-day writing schedule, 10:00 P.M. until 2:00 A.M., including Sundays (Leong 101). Eventually his hard work and perseverance began to produce results. In 1941, Mori's first book, Yokohama, California, was accepted for publication; however, the book was set aside by the publisher during World War II due (at least in part) to anti-Japanese sentiment. Because a Japanese American wrote the book, it was suspect. In the mid-1940s, Mori and his family were relocated to Topaz Camp, Millard County, Utah, by the War Relocation Authority, Department of the Interior. Mori was named “camp historian.” Ironically, Mori had a brother who had been serving voluntarily in the U.S. Army before the war broke out. He was later injured in Europe while defending the very country that had incarcerated his family. On June 29, 1947,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction - The Asian American Short Story—the Cases of Sui Sin Far, Yamamoto, and Penaranda xiii
  • Peter Bacho (1950-) 1
  • Himani Bannerji (1942-) 5
  • Susham Bedi (1945-) 11
  • Cecilia Manguerra Brainard (1947-) 17
  • Carlos Bulosan (1911-1956) 23
  • Jeffery Paul Chan (1942-) 31
  • G.S.Sharat Chandra (1938-2000) 39
  • Diana Chang (1934-) 45
  • Frank Chin (1940-) 51
  • Susan Choi (1969-) 61
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (1956-) 65
  • Sui Sin Far (Edith Maude Eaton) (1865-1914) 73
  • Winnifred Eaton (1875-1954) 85
  • Jessica Hagedorn (1949-) 93
  • Gish Jen (1956-) 101
  • Ha Jin (1956-) 109
  • Lonny Kaneko (1939-) 115
  • Alex Kuo (1939-) 119
  • Jhumpa Lahiri (1967-) 125
  • Andrew Lam (1963-) 135
  • Evelyn Lau (1971-) 141
  • Chang-Rae Lee (1965-) 147
  • Don Lee (1959-) 151
  • Monfoon Leong (1916-1964) 155
  • Russell Leong (1950-) 159
  • Shirley Geok-Lin Lim (1944-) 167
  • David Wong Louie (1954-) 173
  • Darrell H.Y.Lum (1950-) 177
  • Rohinton Mistry (1952-) 183
  • Shani Mootoo (1958-) 189
  • Toshio Mori (1910-1980) 195
  • Bharati Mukherjee (1940-) 203
  • Fae Myenne Ng (1956-) 215
  • Hualing Nieh (1925-) 225
  • Susan Nunes (1943-) 237
  • Gary Pak (1952-) 243
  • Ty Pak (1938-) 251
  • Nahid Rachlin (1947-) 257
  • Raja Rao (1908-) 263
  • Patsy Sumie Saiki (1915-) 269
  • Bienvenido N. Santos (1911-1996) 273
  • Kathleen Tyau (1947-) 281
  • José Garcia Villa (1908-1997) 287
  • Sylvia A.Watanabe (1953-) 295
  • Hisaye Yamamoto (Desoto) (1921-) 303
  • Lois-Ann Yamanaka (1961-) 317
  • Karen Tei Yamashita (1951-) 327
  • Wakako Yamauchi (1924-) 333
  • John Yau (1950-) 337
  • Selected Bibliography 345
  • Index 349
  • About the Editor and Contributors 355
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