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Masao and the Bronze Nightingale (short story)

Creators: Rubén "Funkahuatl" Guevara


Short story by Rubén "Funkahuatl" Guevara about a Nisei zoot suiter and saxophone player in East Los Angeles before and after World War II. Masao Matsui and his buddies Lil' Joe Casillas and Isamu Imoto grow up in Boyle Heights playing jazz and dressing in elaborate zoot suits prior to the war. Masao dreams of leading a band one day. His dreams are interrupted by World War II and his forced incarceration at Manzanar. He passes time playing jazz records and plays in the Jive Bombers in camp. After the war, he returns to Little Tokyo and works as a janitor, while soaking up the local jazz scene that sprang up there as part of "Bronzeville," the African American settlement that formed during the war. Then, one night at a club, he meets a dazzling singer who called herself the Bronze Nightingale, and his life is turned upside down.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like " Mary Osaka, I Love You " by John Fante; Crossroads: Boyle Heights (film) (2002); " Doka B-100 " by Ernest Nagamatsu

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Author Rubén “Funkahuatl” Guevara
Publication Date 2015
Website http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2015/9/14/masao-and-the-bronze-nightingale/
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Guevara, Rubén "Funkahuatl.". " Masao and the Bronze Nightingale. " Discover Nikkei , Sept. 14, 2015.