Tokyo Love Story: A Manga Memoir of One Woman's Journey in the World's Most Exciting City, Julie Blanchin Fujita, Marie Velde (trans)(Tuttle, March 2021)
Tokyo Love Story: A Manga Memoir of One Woman’s Journey in the World’s Most Exciting City, Julie Blanchin Fujita, Marie Velde (trans) (Tuttle, March 2021)

A funny and intimate travelogue of one woman’s unexpected adventures in Japan. French illustrator Julie Blanchin-Fujita arrived in Tokyo for what she thought would be a one-year stint, and ended up never leaving.

Chiru Sakura—Falling Cherry Blossoms: A Mother & Daughter’s Journey through Racism, Internment and Oppression, Grace Eiko Thomson (Caitlin Press, March 2021)
Chiru Sakura—Falling Cherry Blossoms: A Mother & Daughter’s Journey through Racism, Internment and Oppression, Grace Eiko Thomson (Caitlin Press, March 2021)

At 8 years old, Grace Eiko Nishikihama was forcibly removed from her Vancouver home and interned with her parents and siblings in the BC Interior. Chiru Sakura—Falling Cherry Blossoms is a moving and politically outspoken memoir written by Grace, now a grandmother, with passages from a journal kept by her late mother, reflecting on their family history, cultural heritage, generational trauma, and the meaning of home.

 Giving Back: Filipino America and the Politics of Diaspora Giving, L Joyce Zapanta Mariano (Temple University Press, February 2021)
Giving Back: Filipino America and the Politics of Diaspora Giving, L Joyce Zapanta Mariano (Temple University Press, February 2021)

Many Filipino Americans feel obligated to give charitably to their families, their communities, or social development projects and organizations back home. Their contributions provide relief to poor or vulnerable Filipinos, and address the forces that maintain poverty, vulnerability, and exploitative relationships in the Philippines. This philanthropy is a result of both economic globalization and the migration of Filipino professionals to the United States. But it is also central to the moral economies of Filipino migration, immigration, and diasporic return. Giving-related practices and concerns—and the bonds maintained through giving—infuse what it means to be Filipino in America.

 Japan’s Russia: Challenging the East-West Paradigm, Olga V Solovieva, Sho Konishi (Cambria Press, February 2021)
Japan’s Russia: Challenging the East-West Paradigm, Olga V Solovieva, Sho Konishi (Cambria Press, February 2021)

The Russian cultural presence in Japan after the Meiji Revolution was immense. Indeed, Japanese cultural negotiations with Russian intellectuals and Russian literature, art, theology and political thought, formed an important basis for modern Japanese transnational intellectual, cultural, literary, and artistic production.

Prisoner of Wars: A Hmong Fighter Pilot’s Story of Escaping Death and Confronting Life, Chia Youyee Vang, Pao Yang (with) (Temple University Press, December 2020)
Prisoner of Wars: A Hmong Fighter Pilot’s Story of Escaping Death and Confronting Life, Chia Youyee Vang, Pao Yang (with) (Temple University Press, December 2020)

Retired Captain Pao Yang was a Hmong airman trained by the US Air Force and CIA to fly T-28D aircraft for the US Secret War in Laos. However, his plane was shot down during a mission in June 1972. Yang survived, but enemy forces captured him and sent him to a POW camp in northeastern Laos. He remained imprisoned for four years after the United States withdrew from Vietnam because he fought on the American side of the war.

 Writing Poetry, Surviving War: The Works of Refugee Scholar-Official Chen Yuyi (1090–1139), Yugen Wang (Cambria, December 2020)
Writing Poetry, Surviving War: The Works of Refugee Scholar-Official Chen Yuyi (1090–1139), Yugen Wang (Cambria, December 2020)

The book is a study of the works of the Northern Song Chinese poet Chen Yuyi (1090–1139) as he fled the invading Jurchen soldiers in the political throes of a dynastic transition. Author Yugen Wang demonstrates how Chen’s poems epitomize the new style of writing in the Song that is markedly different from that of his Tang predecessors. Underscoring this stylistic and aesthetic analysis is a comparison of Chen and his model, the Tang master Du Fu (712–770).

Rethinking the Modern Chinese Canon: Refractions across the Transpacific, Clara Iwasaki (Cambria, December 2020)
Rethinking the Modern Chinese Canon: Refractions across the Transpacific, Clara Iwasaki (Cambria, December 2020)

The texts that are examined in this study move in and out of different languages or are multilingual in their origins. Texts and authors do not move randomly; rather, they follow routes shaped by the history of contact between different nations of the transpacific.