On the surface, "Seventeen Syllables" is the story of Rosie and her preoccupation with adolescent life.
Her generation, the Niseiwere often in perpetual motion, born into the nomadic existences imposed upon their parents by the California Alien Land Law and the Asian Exclusion Act. As a mainstay, Yamamoto found comfort in reading and writing from a young age, producing almost as much work as she consumed.
As a teen, her enthusiasm mounted as Japanese American newspapers began publishing her letters and short stories. As a result, the communication lines between Japanese parents and their children faced rapid degradation, hampering the preservation of traditional Japanese culture in America.
Within four months of the bombing, Japanese Americans numbering close towere forced into internment, two-thirds of which were born on American soil. Abandoning homes, farms, and businesses, this forceful relocation movement contributed to a certain physical, social, and psychological uprooting that Yamamoto would repeatedly address in her work.
Japanese women leading ephemeral lives in the United States often had no female confidants outside of the family. In spite of the perpetual hardships that they faced, literature and Seventeen syllables by hisaye yamamoto continued to flourish in the new land.
In a sense, as a response to the various forms of imprisonment and relocation faced by both Issei and Nisei women, be it jail, internment, poverty, gender, or even marriage, art became the only source of freedom in their lives. Yamamoto was twenty years old when her family was placed in the internment camp in PostonArizona.
She started by publishing her first work of fiction, Death Rides the Rails to Poston, a mystery that was later added to Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories, followed shortly thereafter by a much shorter piece entitled Surely I Must be Dreaming.
She briefly left the camp to work in Springfield, Massachusettsbut returned when her brother died while fighting with the U. Life after the War[ edit ] World War II came to an end in closing the internment camps and releasing their detainees. Yamamoto and her family returned to California, this time in Los Angeles, where she began working for the Los Angeles Tribune.
This weekly newspaper, intended for African American audiences, employed Yamamoto primarily as a columnist, but also as an editor and field reporter.
Much of what she learned and implemented in her writing broadened the reception of her work to include non-Asian American audiences. After enjoying much critical acclaim in the late s and early s, Yamamoto married Anthony DeSoto and settled in Los Angeles, California.
Very little time is spent writing. Yamamoto, who had been in poor health since a stroke indied in her sleep at her home in northeast Los Angeles at the age of Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories[ edit ] This collection was first published inand includes stories written across a time span of forty years, since the end of World War II.
The title is drawn from one of the stories within the collection and refers to the structural requirements of Japanese haiku poetry. Editions of the Text[ edit ] The original version of the text was published by Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press.
InRutgers University Press released a new edition that included the short story "Reading and Writing. A Memoir —This story deals primarily with how women are treated in society. The first-person narrator describes instances of sexual harassment she and other women have experienced, from phone solicitations to threats of rape.
Seventeen Syllables —This story tracks the parallel stories of a young Nisei girl and her Issei mother: The story explores the generational gap between Issei and Nisei, as well as themes of interethnic interaction, patriarchal repression, and class-based resentment."Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories," by Hisaye Yamamoto, was first published in The revised and expanded edition adds 4 more stories, for a total of Yamamoto was born in in California to parents who were immigrants from Japan, and hers is one of the most remarkable voices in 20th century United States literature.
Published: Mon, 5 Dec Hisaye Yamamoto’s Seventeen Syllables Introduction. The “Seventeen syllables” is written by a Japanese-American author, Yamamoto who focuses on various issues which Japanese people who immigrated to the United States faced in the late 19th Century.
Hisaye Yamamoto: Quiet in a Boiling Bath May 26, by Isla McKetta, MFA 2 Comments Family tension seethes under the surface of the title story of Hisaye Yamamoto’s story collection Seventeen Syllables.
“Seventeen Syllables" is a short story written by Hisaye Yamamoto, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Japan. In the story, Rosie Hayashi is also the daughter of Japanese. Seventeen Syllables by Hisaye Yamamoto Writing about integration into a completely different society and, even a completely different world, is, in my opinion, very difficult.
Seventeen Syllables is a short story by Japanese-American author Hisaye Yamamoto, first written in and later collected in an anthology of her most famous works, Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories, which was released in The story follows the parallel tales of a young Nisei (born in the US or Canada) girl and her Issei (Japanese.