Heidi Kim

Web site of Professor Heidi Kim, Dept. of English and Comparative Literature

Tag: memoir

Taken from the Paradise Isle

Paradise Isle coverTaken from the Paradise Isle: The Hoshida Family Story, edited by Heidi Kim and with a foreword by Franklin Odo, was released in July 2015 from the University Press of Colorado.

Crafted from George Hoshida’s diary and memoir, as well as letters faithfully exchanged with his wife Tamae, Taken from the Paradise Isle is an intimate account of the anger, resignation, philosophy, optimism, and love with which the Hoshida family endured their separation and incarceration during World War II. The volume includes historical footnotes and contextualization as well as government documents detailing the behind-the-scenes handling of the cases of George, Tamae, and others from Hawaii.

It has been a privilege to work with the family and community to bring this important story to publication at long last, decades after George put it together.

 

MEDIA

WUNC Radio: Prof. Kim speaks with host Frank Stasio on “The State of Things.”

An email Q&A on the Discover Nikkei webpage.

In the video below taken at a public event at Hunter College CUNY, Prof. Kim speaks about the Hoshidas at 1h 33′.

Downloadable press promotional flyer: Kim_ParadiseIsle_Flyer

Review links may be found at the UP Colorado page for the book.

Paradise Isle Facebook page

 

Twelve Years a Slave

twelve_years_a_slave_p323How Twelve Years a Slave was Made, 150 years before 12 Years a Slave” was published in 2014 in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Looking at the literary history of the original publication of Solomon Northrup’s memoir, Prof. Kim explores the complicated politics of publishing a slavery narrative for a largely white audience.

AAAS roundtable on JA incarceration

In April 2012, I joined Greg Robinson, Setsuko Nishi, Gene Oishi, and Cherstin Lyon for a roundtable on New Approaches to the Japanese American Incarceration.  Greg and Cherstin are historians, Setsuko is a sociologist, and Gene is a novelist and retired journalist.  We had a lively discussion of our new works in progress and the enduring importance of researching and reaching out to talk about one of the biggest civil rights violations in modern U.S. history.

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