POET: G Yamazawa
Race and Ethnicity
The devastating tsunami in Japan causes G to grapple with his Japanese heritage.

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“this poem is the only thing I have to offer to the land that my blood trickles from”

G Yamazawa’s poem illustrates the complexity of being a first generation American. He seems unable to articulate exactly why he feels connected to Japan after the 2011 tsunami, yet this catastrophic event serves as an awakening. This piece certainly illustrates a transnational narrative of identity and belonging, especially through interactions with his family.

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