Karen Tei Yamashita is a Japanese-American writer. Yamashita was born in Oakland, California. She is Professor of Literature at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches creative writing and Asian American literature. Her works, several of which contain elements of magic realism, include novels I Hotel, Circle K Cycles, Tropic of Orange, Brazil-Maru, and Through the Arc of the Rain Forest. Yamashita's novels emphasize the necessity of polyglot, multicultural communities in an increasingly globalized age, even as they destabilize orthodox notions of borders and national/ethnic identity. She has also written a number of plays, including Hannah Kusoh, Noh Bozos and O-Men which was produced by the Asian American theatre group, East West Players. Yamashita was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award. In 2011 she was named a Fellow of United States Artists.
About Karen Tei Yamashita
A Japanese-American author and professor, she is known for such novels as I Hotel and Circle K Cycles. She also published several works of dramatic literature.
Karen Tei Yamashita Before Fame
She worked as an Associate Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Achievement of Karen Tei Yamashita
She was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award.
Karen Tei Yamashita Family Life
She and her husband Ronaldo became parents to two children.
Associations of Karen Tei Yamashita
She was a finalist for the National Book Award, an honor that Lloyd Alexander won.
Information related to Karen Tei Yamashita
- 20th-century Japanese writers
- Writers from Oakland, California
- Carleton College alumni
- American women dramatists and playwrights