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My Mother's Music (short story)

Creators: Lydia Yuri Minatoya


Short story by Lydia Yuri Minatoya told from the perspective of a Sansei woman recalling her Kibei mother's various stories—and silences—about the family history. The narrator's mother recalls her Issei mother's banishment from the family after she had an affair with a Filipino immigrant patron of the family-run pool hall and how she never saw her mother again. The mother also recalls her own arranged marriage while in Heart Mountain , but can recall little—or is unwilling to talk about—details of her and her family's wartime incarceration. My Mother's Music appeared in the fifth volume of the Fusion series published by the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University. Minatoya later published a memoir titled Talking to High Monks in the Snow: An Asian-American Odyssey (1989)—which includes "My Mother's Music" as its first chapter—as well as a novel, The Strangeness of Beauty (2001).

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

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Author Lydia Yuri Minatoya
Publication Date 1989
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Minatoya, Lydia Yuri. "My Mother's Music." In Fusion-Go: A Japanese American Anthology . San Francisco: Asian American Studies Department, San Francisco State University, 1989. 7–15.