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Anne's Cradle : The Life and Works of Hanako Muraoka, Japanese Translator of Anne of Green Gables.

Anne's Cradle : The Life and Works of Hanako Muraoka, Japanese Translator of Anne of Green Gables.

Muraoka, Eri.
2021

The name Hanako Muraoka is revered in Japan. Her Japanese translation of L. M. Montgomery's beloved children's classic "Anne of Green Gables" was the catalyst for the book's massive and enduring popularity in Japan. From rural Japan to mid-century Tokyo, this book tells the complex and captivating story of a woman who came of age in conservative twentieth-century Japan, and risked everything to bring the best of children's literature to her people, and cultivated a literary career that led generations of Japanese readers to fall in love with a plucky redhead from Prince Edward Island.

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Black Box : The Memoir That Sparked Japan's #MeToo Movement.

Black Box : The Memoir That Sparked Japan's #MeToo Movement.

Ito, Shiori.
2021

In 2015, an aspiring young journalist named Shiori Ito charged prominent reporter Noriyuki Yamaguchi with rape. Upon publication in 2017, Ito's searing account foregrounded the #MeToo movement in Japan and became the centre of an urgent cultural and legal shift around recognizing sexual assault and gender-based violence. As international outlets covered every step of her story - even documenting it in the BBC film Japan's Secret Shame - this book launched a societal reckoning. At the end of 2019, Ito won a civil case against Yamaguchi.

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The Chief Witness : Escape from China's Modern-Day Concentration Camps.

The Chief Witness : Escape from China's Modern-Day Concentration Camps.

Sauytbay, Sayragul.
2021

In recent years, China's north-western province has become home to over 1,200 penal camps - modern-day gulags that are estimated to house three million members of the Kazakh and Uyghur minorities. Imprisoned solely due to their ethnicity. While incarcerated, Sayragul Sauytbay gained access to secret information that revealed Beijing's long-term plans to undermine not only its minorities, but democracies around the world. This rare testimony from the biggest surveillance state in the world reveals the full, frightening scope of China's tyrannical ambitions.

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Chiru sakura = falling cherry blossoms : a mother & daughter's journey through racism, internment and oppression

Chiru sakura = falling cherry blossoms : a mother & daughter's journey through racism, internment and oppression

Thomson, Grace Eiko, author.
2021

At eight years old, Grace Eiko Nishikihama was forcibly removed from her Vancouver home and interned with her parents and siblings in the BC Interior. This is a moving and politically outspoken memoir written by Grace, now a grandmother, with passages from a journal kept by her late mother, Sawae Nishikihama.

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Crying in H Mart : A Memoir.

Crying in H Mart : A Memoir.

Zauner, Michelle.
2021

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humour and heart, she tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond over heaping plates of food. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her. Print run 60,000.

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A good wife : escaping the life I never chose

A good wife : escaping the life I never chose

Zafar, Samra, author
2019

With almost no warning, Samra Zafar was married to a stranger at 17 and had to leave behind her family in Pakistan to move to Canada. In the years that followed she suffered her husband's emotional and physical abuse that left her feeling isolated, humiliated and assaulted. Samra tells her harrowing and inspiring story, following her from a young girl with big dreams, through finding strength in the face of oppression and then finally battling through to empowerment.

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Heft

Heft

Islam, Doyali Farah, 1984- author
2019

"From Toronto-based poet and editor Doyali Islam comes an intimate, luminous collection of poems that investigate the ruptures in our relationships. How does one inhabit a world in which the moon and the drone hang in the same sky? How can one be at home in one's own body in the presence of suspected autoimmune illness, severe chronic/recurrent pain, and a society that bears down with a particular construct of normal female sexual experience? What might a daughter salvage within a fraught relationship with a cancer-stricken father? Uncannily at ease with both high lyricism and formal innovation and invention, the poems in heft and sing are unafraid to lift up and investigate burdens and ruptures of all kinds--psychic, social, cultural, physical, and political--while also embodying notions of alignment and constraint. Providing continuity over the poet's visually-arresting forms--including Islam's self-termed split sonnets, double sonnets, and parallel poems--is allied remembrance of the resilience of the Palestinian people. Yet, the work doesn't always stray far from home, with a triad of astro-poems that weave together myth and memory. Here is a poet small in stature, unwilling to abandon to silence small histories, small life forms, and the small courages and beauties of the ordinary hour. In these deftly wrought poems, the spirit of the everyday and the spirit of witness bind fiercely to one another. heft and sing is a ledger of tenderness, survival, and risk."-- Provided by publisher.

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House of Sticks : A Memoir.

House of Sticks : A Memoir.

Tran, Ly.
2021

Ly Tran is just a toddler in 1993 when she and her family immigrate from a small town along the Mekong river in Vietnam to a two-bedroom railroad apartment in Queens. As they navigate this new landscape, Ly finds herself torn between two worlds. Told in a spare, evocative voice that, with flashes of humour, weaves together her family's immigration experience with her own fraught and courageous coming of age, this is a timely and powerful portrait of one girl's struggle to reckon with her heritage and forge her own path. Print run 100,000.

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Landscapes of injustice : a new perspective on the internment and dispossession of Japanese Canadians

Landscapes of injustice : a new perspective on the internment and dispossession of Japanese Canadians

2020

In 1942, the Canadian government forced more than 21,000 Japanese Canadians from their homes in British Columbia. They were told to bring only one suitcase each and officials vowed to protect the rest. Instead, Japanese Canadians were dispossessed, all their belongings either stolen or sold. The definitive statement of a major national research partnership, Landscapes of Injustice reinterprets the internment of Japanese Canadians by focusing on the deliberate and permanent destruction of home through the act of dispossession. All forms of property were taken. Families lost heirlooms and everyday possessions. They lost decades of investment and labour. They lost opportunities, neighbourhoods, and communities; they lost retirements, livelihoods and educations. When Japanese Canadians were finally released from internment in 1949, they had no homes to return to. Asking why and how these events came to pass and charting Japanese Canadians' diverse responses, this book details the implications and legacies of injustice perpetrated under the cover of national security. In Landscapes of Injustice the diverse descendants of dispossession work together to understand what happened. They find that dispossession is not a chapter that closes or a period that neatly ends. It leaves enduring legacies of benefit and harm, shame and silence and resilience and activism.

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Minor feelings : an Asian American reckoning

Minor feelings : an Asian American reckoning

Hong, Cathy Park, author.
2020

"Asian Americans inhabit a purgatorial status: neither white enough nor black enough, unmentioned in most conversations about racial identity. In the popular imagination, Asian Americans are all high-achieving professionals. But in reality, this is the most economically divided group in the country, a tenuous alliance of people with roots from South Asia to East Asia to the Pacific Islands, from tech millionaires to service industry laborers. How do we speak honestly about the Asian American condition--if such a thing exists? Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively confronts this thorny subject, blending memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose the truth of racialized consciousness in America. Binding these essays together is Hong's theory of "minor feelings." As the daughter of Korean immigrants, Cathy Park Hong grew up steeped in shame, suspicion, and melancholy. She would later understand that these "minor feelings" occur when American optimism contradicts your own reality--when you believe the lies you're told about your own racial identity. With sly humor and a poet's searching mind, Hong uses her own story as a portal into a deeper examination of racial consciousness in America today. This intimate and devastating book traces her relationship to the English language, to shame and depression, to poetry and artmaking, and to family and female friendship. A radically honest work of art, Minor Feelings forms a portrait of one Asian American psyche--and of a writer's search to both uncover and speak the truth"-- Provided by publisher.

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Northern light : power, land, and the memory of water

Northern light : power, land, and the memory of water

Ali, Kazim, 1971- author.
2021

In the 1970s, Jenpeg was a temporary town in the forests of northern Manitoba where the construction of a hydroelectric dam that was located on the lands of the unceded Indigenous Pimicikamak, the "people of rivers and lakes." Kazim Ali recounts memories of his childhood and his return to Pimicikamak as an adult and learns more about the realities of life in Pimicikamak: the environmental and social impact of the Jenpeg dam, the effects of colonialism and cultural erasure, and the community's initiatives to preserve and strengthen their identity.

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Older sister. Not necessarily related

Older sister. Not necessarily related

Wills, Jenny Heijun, author
2019


Pretty Boys : Legendary Icons Who Redefined Beauty (and How to Glow Up, Too).

Pretty Boys : Legendary Icons Who Redefined Beauty (and How to Glow Up, Too).

Yi, David.
2021

In this inclusive, illustrated history and guide to skin care and beauty, journalist and founder of Very Good Light David Yi unearths diverse and surprising beauty icons who have redefined what masculinity and gender expression look like throughout history, to empower us to live and look our truths. Whether you're brand new to beauty, or you already have a ten-step routine, this book will inspire and teach you how to find your best self through tutorials, beauty secrets, and advice from the biggest names in the beauty industry, Hollywood, and social media. Print run 30,000.

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Take back the tray : revolutionizing food in hospitals, schools, and other institutions

Take back the tray : revolutionizing food in hospitals, schools, and other institutions

Maharaj, Joshna.
2020

A beloved chef takes on institutional food and sparks a revolution with this manifesto, memoir from the trenches, and blueprint for reclaiming control from corporations and brutal bottom lines.

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Two trees make a forest : in search of my family's past among Taiwan's mountains and coasts

Two trees make a forest : in search of my family's past among Taiwan's mountains and coasts

Lee, Jessica J., 1986- author
2020

Jessica J. Lee embarks on a journey to discover her family's forgotten history and to connect with the island they once called home. After unearthing a hidden memoir of her grandfather's life, Lee seeks to piece together the fragments of her family's history as they moved from China to Taiwan, and then on to Canada. But as she navigates the tumultuous terrain of Taiwan, Lee finds herself having to traverse fissures in language, memory, and history, as she searches for the pieces of her family left behind.

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We are not here to be bystanders : a memoir of love and resistance

We are not here to be bystanders : a memoir of love and resistance

Sarsour, Linda, 1980- author
2020

Women's March co-organizer Linda Sarsour shares how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized and celebrated activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country.

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Welcome Home : A Guide to Building a Home for Your Soul.

Welcome Home : A Guide to Building a Home for Your Soul.

Zebian, Najwa.
2021

Poet Najwa Zebian shares her personal story for the first time, powerfully weaving memoir, poetry, and deeply resonant teachings into her storytelling, from leaving Lebanon at sixteen, to coming of age as a young Muslim woman in Canada, to building a new identity for herself as she learned to speak her truth. With practical tools and prompts for self-understanding, she shows you how to build each room in your house, which form a firm basis for your self-worth, sense of belonging, and happiness. Residence: London, ON.

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