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Author Study: Julie Otsuka Curated by Ethan De Koker '22: Home

The robust works and accomplishments of a famous author from the Asian American literary canon, Julie Otsuka.


Julie Otsuka, having published two Asian American novels Buddha in the Attic and When the Emperor Was Divine, continues to spread the message and enlighten her audience on the deeper history of the Japanese-American tragedies that many faced upon immigration. Her writing speaks volumes of the importance of understanding and empathizing with those who suffered in silence.

Silver mirrors given to us by our mothers, whose last words still rang in our ears. You will see: women are weak, but mothers are strong. (Come, Japanese)