The Nail That Sticks Out
Toronto Arts Council
Selected to receive a writers grant from the Toronto Arts Council, The Nail That Sticks Out is a hybrid of memoir, Japanese Canadian history and cultural arts. Thanks to the council for providing this opportunity to complete this important work.
My Father’s Nose
What I’m working on
Suzanne is thrilled to announce The Nail That Sticks Out: Growing up Japanese Canadian in Postwar Toronto is being published by Dundurn Press.
This hybrid of memoir, Japanese Canadian history and cultural arts explores an evolving community through memories of places, events and traditions. Family stories reflect on generational conflict, identity, belonging, displacement and racism, yet celebrate Japanese Canadians contributions to the Toronto landscape. The work bridges two cultures and contrasts the North American dream of achievement through the conformity imposed by the Japanese adage: the nail that sticks out gets hammered in.
Publication is expected for fall 2024.