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The Writing Life

Julie Otsuka hosted by Gene Oishi (2009). Writer Gene Oishi hosts novelist Julie Otsuka to talk about her novel, When the Emperor Was Divine, about the experience of a Japanese-American family incarcerated during the war. Otsuka’s mother was interned, as was Oishi, and the two discuss the secrecy and the anger.  Otsuka reads from the final chapter of the book, and explains its tone. “One day I heard this angry, angry voice in my head and it almost felt like I was channeling the father’s anger, and also, … the unstated anger of all of the other men who were unfairly arrested by the FBI.” 

The Writing Life airs Tuesdays at 11am, 4pm and 7pm, Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.

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