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Article 25 - Yamashita byElizabethP.Glixman...

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An Interview with Karen Tei  Yamashita by  Elizabeth P. Glixman Karen Tei Yamashita,  author of  Circle K  Cycles  (2001),  Tropic of Orange  (1997),  Brazil- Maru  (1992), and  Through the Arc of the Rain  Forest  (1990) (all Coffee House Press), is a  Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the  University of California, Santa Cruz. She was the  recipient of the American Book Award in 1990 and  the Janet Heidinger Kafka Award in 1992 for  Through the Arc of the Rain Forest . Her short  stories have been included in several anthologies  including  Charlie Chan is Dead 2, At Home in the  World: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian  American Fiction,  and  Multitude: Cross-Cultural  Readings for Writers . Her story "Asaka-no-Miya"  placed first in the James Clavell American- Japanese Short Story Contest in 1977-78. She was  awarded a Rockefeller Playwright-in-Residence  Fellowship in 1977 and a City of Los Angeles  Cultural Grant in 1992. Born in Oakland, California, raised in Los Angeles,  and educated at Carleton College in Minnesota, she  now lives in Santa Cruz, California, a place she  says feels like home and describes "as a strange  encounter, the crossroads of an old and continuing  experiment... a place of... alternatives and mix ups,  exchanges and choices, possibility and freedom."    EG    What are your books about in general, and  specifically  Tropic of Orange  and  Circle K Cycles ?
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KTY      Both  Circle K Cycles  and  Tropic of  Orange  are about migration and border crossing  and the consequences for those who cross and for  those who find themselves in the mix. EG     Tropic  takes place in both in Mexico and Los  Angeles. Do you think much has changed in L.A.  since the book's publication? KTY      It will be ten years now since the  publication of  Tropic , and even as it was being  published, things were changing, the most obvious  being technology, in particular cell phone and  Internet/computer use, and of course, the styles of  cars. In the human geography of the city, there  seem to have been subtle and even intense changes  in the cultures/ethnicity/class of neighborhoods  that I don't really know about but suspect.  It's been suggested that the book could be updated,  but I don't have any urge to read through it to find  those sections.  On the surface, L.A. seems much the same, though  in areas grimier and more congested during more  hours of the day than I remember. Also, L.A.'s  imagination of itself seems to be changing; I had  written the book in response to a very narrow  vision of Los Angeles as Hollywood and a racially 
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