Hisaye Yamamoto

Hisaye Yamamoto was a prominent author who wrote about her experiences as a Japanese American woman. Born in 1921 in Los Angeles, her parents were Issei farm workers. When her family was imprisoned in Arizona during World War 2, she wrote for the camp’s newspaper, The Poston Chronicle. 

After World War 2, Yamamoto was a reporter for the Los Angeles Tribune, a weekly newspaper for the city’s black community. In 1948, she began writing short stories full time. Her writing addressed family dynamics between Issei and Nisei women and women’s role in society, and Yamamoto’s work was well received in the 1950’s. Her best known collection of short stories is “Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories.”