A Japanese Robinson Crusoe (Intersections: Asian and Pacific American Transcultural Studies)

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First published in 1898 and long out of print, Jenichiro Oyabe's "A Japanese Robinson Crusoe" is a pioneering work of Asian American literature. It recounts Oyabe's (1867-1941) early life in Japan, his journey west, and his education at two historically Black colleges, detailing in the process his gradual transformation from Meiji gentleman to self-proclaimed 'Japanese Yankee'. Like a Victorian novelist, Oyabe spins a tale that mixes faith and exoticism, social analysis and humor. His story fuses classic American narratives of self-creation and the self-made man (and, in some cases, the tall tale) with themes of immigrant belonging and 'whiteness'. Although he compares himself with the castaway Robinson Crusoe, Oyabe might best be described as a combination of Crusoe and his faithful servant, Friday, the Christianized man of color who hungers to be enlightened by Western ways. "A Japanese Robinson Crusoe" contains many engaging vignettes of turn-of-the-century life, including snapshots of a modernizing Japan, gaslight-era New York, and Hawai'i on the eve of annexation, and relates the author's encounters with Chinese, Europeans, and Native Americans. In addition, Oyabe's narrative is flavored with insights on important questions for contemporary Americans: How does one 'become' American? How is Asian American identity formed in response to the conditions of other racial groups? When and how did the Asian American 'model minority' myth emerge? A new introduction provides a provocative analysis of Oyabe's story and discusses his years abroad in the context of his later career, placing the text within both American and modern Japanese history.

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