Nov 20, 2013 — On Tuesday night, finalists for the National Book Awards read from their nominated works at The New School in New York City. The National Book Foundation will announce the winners Wednesday night.
Aug 18, 2013 — Every new generation of immigrants must meet the age-old challenges of building a new home — assimilation and conformity, old habits and new cultures, adjustment and isolation. Author Helene Wecker shares with us three books that explore the complexities of life on foreign shores.
Aug 14, 2012 — Bill Manbo, an auto mechanic from Riverside, Calif., took photos of life inside a Japanese-American internment camp after he and his family were forced to move to Wyoming during World War II. These rare color photographs are now compiled in a new book called Colors of Confinement.
Sep 30, 2011 — The Chinese-American tale Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is on the list for an 85th week.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Oh!: A Mystery of "Mono No Aware" by Todd Shimoda and L. J. C. Shimoda. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Aug 12, 2010 — The protagonist of Naomi Hirahara's novels isn't a seasoned police detective or a private investigator — he's a gruff, 72-year-old gardener who lives in the hills above Pasadena, Calif. The Mas Arai character was inspired by Hirahara's father and guides readers into the hidden corners of L.A.'s Japanese-American communities.
May 12, 2010 — After the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, the U.S. government relocated 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry from their homes on the West Coast to desolate inland areas of the U.S. The Art of Gaman is a new exhibit that showcases works of art created by internees during this dark chapter of U.S. history.
Oct 20, 2009 — Author Lisa See is drawn to books by Japanese-American women and the issues they tend to write about: love, race, identity, place and history — and its effect on the present.
Jun 11, 2009 — Set in Japan, Oh! follows a young man's search for the experience of mono no aware — "the beauty of sad things."
Feb 7, 2009 — Host Scott Simon talks with first time novelist Jamie Ford about his book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The book reflects some of Ford's own family history, his fascination with Seattle, his passion for jazz, and buried secrets in families that sometimes come spilling out.