Les Joslin is a retired US Navy commander; former US Forest Service firefighter, wilderness ranger, and staff officer; and former Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University instructor. A graduate of San Jose State College, he holds master's degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of London. A resident of Bend for almost three decades, he is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Deschutes County Historical Society and a fellow of the High Desert Museum. He appreciates the assistance of many in the preparation of this book.
No-No Boy tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a fictional version of the real-life �no-no boys.� Yamada answered �no� twice in a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States. Unwilling to pledge himself to the country that interned him and his family, Ichiro earns two years in prison and the hostility of his family and community when he returns home to Seattle. As Ozeki writes, Ichiro�s �obsessive, tormented� voice subverts Japanese postwar �model-minority� stereotypes, showing a fractured community and one man�s �threnody of guilt, rage, and blame as he tries to negotiate his reentry into a shattered world.�
The first edition of No-No Boy since 1979 presents this important work to new generations of readers.
Replaces ISBN 9780295955254