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The Affinity of the Eye
Writing Nikkei in Peru
By Ignacio López-Calvo; Foreword by Fernando Iwasaki
288 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / 2013
Cloth (978-0-8165-2598-0) [s]
Related Interest
  - Latin American Studies

In The Affinity of the Eye: Writing Nikkei in Peru, Ignacio López-Calvo rises above the political emergence of the Fujimori phenomenon and uses politics and literature to provide one of the
A unique contribution to the scholarship, this rewarding book provides a rich account, juicy in details, data, and solid information on seven Japanese Peruvian writers and their works.

—Choice Reviews

This book is a necessity. The writers that López-Calvo presents
offer an amplifying view of what it means to be Peruvian.

—Debbie Lee-DiStefano, author of Three Asian-Hispanic Writers from Peru: Doris Moromisato, José Watanabe, Siu Kam Wen

This is an important book. As far as I know, no other study
has addressed the subject of Peruvian Nikkei writers so

—Blake S. Locklin, a contributor to Orientalism and Identity in Latin America

first comprehensive looks at how the Japanese assimilated and inserted themselves into Peruvian culture. Through contemporary writers' testimonies, essays, fiction, and poetry, López-Calvo constructs an account of the cultural formation of Japanese migrant communities. With deftly sensitive interviews and comments, he portrays the difficulties of being a Japanese Peruvian. Despite a few notable examples, Asian Peruvians have been excluded from a sense of belonging or national identity in Peru, which provides López-Calvo with the opportunity to record what the community says about their own cultural production. In so doing, López-Calvo challenges fixed notions of Japanese Peruvian identity.

The Affinity of the Eye scrutinizes authors such as José Watanabe, Fernando Iwasaki, Augusto Higa, Doris Moromisato, and Carlos Yushimito, discussing their literature and their connections to the past, present, and future. Whether these authors push against or accept what it means to be Japanese Peruvians, they enrich the images and feelings of that experience. Through a close reading of literary and cultural productions, López-Calvo's analysis challenges and reframes the parameters of being Nikkei in Peru.

Covering both Japanese issues in Peru and Peruvian issues in Japan, the book is more than a compendium of stories, characters, and titles. It proves the fluid, enriching, and ongoing relationship that exists between Peru and Japan.

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