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Sansei and Sensibility, the latest book by UC Santa Cruz emerita professor of literature Karen Tei Yamashita is a dazzling collection of short stories about growing up and living in Japanese America.

Blending fiction and history, Jane Austen and the Japanese immigrant experience, American pop culture and Japanese traditions, these inventive, witty, often surreal, and sometimes poignant stories explore the pain and strength of the Japanese American experience.

She has been a longtime reader of Jane Austen and a Janeite, a very conscientious and active member of the Jane Austen Society.

I Hotel also won the American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award, and the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award.

“During my 20 years at UCSC, teaching and working with students, I worked with faculty in hopes of creating an Asian American studies program,” said Yamashita.

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