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“Family Heirlooms”

Sam Hamashima

Family Heirlooms is a collection of poems spotlighting the unthreading tension of a Japanese American family’s assimilation.

“Enryo”

Jessica Bukowski and Kristin Sato 

The Japanese word “enryo” means to show restraint in order to seem polite, especially when it comes to food. Two Yonsei granddaughters learn the meaning of “enryo” through their Nisei grandfather’s experience with the Great Depression.