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1st novel by a Nisei woman, inscribed, about a Japanese-American family in Hawaii  

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Upon Their Shoulders

Ota, Shelley Ayame Nishimura

New York

Exposition Press



262 pages.  Foreword by Miles E. Carey. (8vo), original cloth in pictorial dust jacket. First Edition.   

Inscribed by author on flyleaf: “To Mrs. Hugh Johnson, this copy comes to you with the compliments of Herman’s Mfg. Furriers. Shelley A. Ota Nov. 30, 1952.” Issued by a “vanity” publisher and scarce.

Though not “the first Japanese-American novel in English,” as called by one historian, this is certainly the first novel by a Nisei woman writer,  telling the story of  a Japanese-American family in Hawaii, where the author was born and educated. Not interned during World War II; Ota taught school in Milwaukee and was an instructor in Japanese for adult education classes during the war years.  In a Dust Jacket blurb, Larry  Tajiri, editor of Pacific Citizen, called this “ a fine perceptive work of writing which illumines a facet of American life hitherto untouched in our literature.”

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Dust jacket chipped at edges; approximately 1" missing from lower spine.

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