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Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2015 Edition by Xiaojing Zhou
Standing on Seventh Street: An Introduction to the 1985 Edition by Lawson Fusao Inada
Introduction to the Original Edition by William Saroyan

Tomorrow Is Coming, Children
The Woman Who Makes Swell Doughnuts
The Seventh Street Philosopher
My Mother Stands on Her Head
Toshio Mori
The End of the Line
Say It with Flowers
Akira Yano
Lil’ Yokohama
The Finance over at Doi’s
Three Japanese Mothers
The All-American Girl
The Chessmen
Nodas in America
The Eggs of the World
He Who Has the Laughing Face
Slant-Eyed Americans
The Trees
The Six Rows of Pompons
Business at Eleven
The Brothers

About the Author

Toshio Mori (1910–1980) was born in Oakland, California. During World War II, he was interned, with his family, at the Topaz Relocation Center in Utah, where he served as camp historian. Xiaojing Zhou is professor of English at the University of the Pacific and author of Cities of Others: Reimagining Urban Spaces in Asian American Literature.


"Mori’s superbly structured short stories are . . . tender, evocative episodes of growing up as a Japanese American prior to World War II."
*San Francisco Chronicle*

"Mori is unafraid to let the humanity of his characters and himself shine through bravely."
*Oakland Tribune*

"A unique record of Japanese American life in Northern California in the decades just before World War II."
*Exploration in Sights and Sounds*

"Originally published in 1949, these twenty-two stories present subtle glimpses into the lives of Japanese-Americans in their neighborhood in Oakland, California, aka 'Yokohama.' Mori has a delicate touch, and the stories have more than a passing resemblance to Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio (1919)."
*Kirkus Reviews*

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