Fox Drum Bebop: Gene Oishi's Novel About Legacy of Japanese Internment | WYPR

Fox Drum Bebop: Gene Oishi's Novel About Legacy of Japanese Internment

Mar 13, 2015

Cover of Gene Oishi's new novel.

  Coming up, a conversation with a local author who has written a new novel about the legacy of Japanese interned in camps during World War Two.  But first, we pause to send a shout out to Kevin Kallagher, known to most folks as Kal, the political cartoonist for The Baltimore Sun and The Economist magazine.   Last week, it was announced that Kal has been awarded the 2015 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning, named in honor of the legendary cartoonist, Herb Block.  Kal has been on quite a roll recently when it comes to prizes:  last month, he captured Europe’s Grand Prix Award for press “cartoon of the year.”   We send our congratulations to Kal on this latest accolade. 

And now, we welcome Gene Oishi to the studio.  He’s a former Washington and foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, and the author of a 1988 memoir called In Search of HiroshiHiroshi is also the protagonist’s name in Gene Oishi’s new novel, which deals with the complexities of what it means to be both Japanese and American before, during, and after the Second World War.

The book is called Fox Drum Bebop.  Gene Oishi will be speaking about the new book at the Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Charles Village on Sunday March 29th at 1:00.  

Gene Oishi reading a short excerpt: 

Gene Oishi on the title of his book: