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Dream of the Water Children

Memory and Mourning in the Black Pacific

1st Edition

Edited by Karen Chau and with an Introduction by Gerald Horne and a Foreword by Velina Hasu Houston
 

Distributed for 2Leaf Press

Dream of the Water Children

Memory and Mourning in the Black Pacific

1st Edition

Edited by Karen Chau and with an Introduction by Gerald Horne and a Foreword by Velina Hasu Houston
 
Born to an African American father and Japanese mother, Frederick D. Kakinami Cloyd, the narrator of Dream of the Water Children, finds himself not only to be a marginalized person by virtue of his heritage, but often a cultural drifter, as well. Indeed, both his family and his society treat him as if he doesn’t entirely belong to any world. Tautly written in spare, clear poetic prose, this memoir explores the specific contours of Japanese and African American cultures, as well as the broader experience of biracial and multicultural identity. To tell his story, Cloyd incorporates photographs and Japanese writing, history, and memory to convey both rich personal experience and significant historical detail. Bringing together vivid memories with a perceptive cultural eye, Dream of the Water Children brings readers closer to a biracial experience, opening up our understanding of the cultural richness and social challenges people from diverse backgrounds face.

476 pages | 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2019

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Reviews

Dream of the Water Children is a meditation on the condition of a Black Japanese diaspora born of war and U.S. imperialism as much as it is a personal story of love, loss and spiritual redemption. Written in multiple voices, Cloyd lets his ghosts speak.”

Grace M. Cho, author of Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy and the Forgotten War

“Fredrick Douglas Kakinami Cloyd has written a profoundly moving and thought-provoking book. . . a master story-teller who honors and respects memory.”

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, historian and writer

“Can be read as a ghost story, a meditation on how to disassemble the heartbreak machines; a catalog of copious tears and small comforts. This is a challenging example of personal bravery and filial love.”

Leonard Rifas, Ph.D, University of Washington

“This is a mature book that moves fluidly, as the mind moves, untroubled by traditional distinctions between writing considered to be academic vs. creative, memoir vs. personal essay, sure-footed in unexpected ways.”

Patricia Mushim Ikeda, Buddhist teacher / activist

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