yseemeusnier's review against another edition
i’m not sure why this book frustrated me so much! i had to skim my way through the end, save for the part about them traveling to japan for the first time in a while juxtaposed w her parents in 1975, which was interesting. maybe i just have difficulty reading about someone have so much contempt for their mother even if it’s a perfectly valid emotion to hold and write about.
i am surprised to have connected so much. i really cant express how beautifully meaningful this book is to me.
lindsloveslit's review against another edition
It was beautifully written. Brina clearly and unapologetically communicated her lived experiences with me as the reader. I believed her and felt for her, but all that said? Something was missing for me. I can't pinpoint why it wasn't a perfect five stars for me... It could just be that it followed Isabel Wilkerson's 'A Warmth of Other Suns' and 'Braiding Sweetgrass' by Robin Kimmerer, which were both masterful! But, it just didn't feel memorable to me.
If you love/are interested in:
- multicultural familial relationships
- memoirs about belonging and identity
- complicated mother daughter relationships
- US military presence in other countries
then you should check Speak, Okinawa out!
Graphic: Violence, Rape, and War
Graphic: Rape, War, Child death, Death, and Vomit
It’s a bit heavy, I won’t lie. I saw some of my my own habits, thoughts, emotions, all laid out in front of me in this book, as a first generation Asian child born in America. I saw my mother and I in Elizabeth and her mother, even when I wish I couldn’t. I understand her emotions, why she went through some of the situations she did, when you just want to say: well, why would you ever do that?
Beautiful read. I find the second half to be more moving. I hope to find peace with my mother in the way Brina managed, too.
Graphic: Sexual assault, Rape, Xenophobia, Alcoholism, and War