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Chopsticks, phone bells and farms: Fuyuko Taira's diasporic spatial practice

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In this article, I revisit my earlier project on local poetry practices by Japanese ‘war brides’ from the Second World War and explore a creative, transnational home-making activity by focusing on one of my informants, Fuyuko Taira's senryu poetry. Drawing on theories of global space and diasporic home-making practices, I suggest that her engagement in senryu involves a transnational spatial practice through the use of familiar everyday language. While the experience of displacement among Taira and other so-called ‘war brides’ cannot be understood without a consideration of socio-historical and economic constraints that characterized their emigration, my aim here is not to analyse how Taira's senryu simply reflects her diasporic victimhood but to explore how she exercises her creative agency to make her new home familiar and habitable by engaging with the everyday poetry practice of alternation between ‘pause’ and ‘move’ in the midst of changing landscapes. I argue that to a member of the Japanese diaspora like Taira senryu can be thought of as a different mode of experiencing at once the local and the global in an organic way.
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Keywords: Japanese war brides; desplazamiento; diaspora; displacement; diáspora; espacio global; global space; home-making; labores de hogar; novias japonesas de la guerra; senryu

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, K9671-8888 University DriveBurnaby,BC,V5A 1S6, Canada

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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