Karen Tei Yamashita (January 8, 1951)
is a novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and professor, known for her works of Asian
American literature and magic realism, including
I Hotel (2010), which was a
finalist selection for the National Book Award. This collection documents her creative life,
reflecting the biographical, academic, literary, and theatrical aspects of Yamashita's
professional career. The collection primarily contains material relating to correspondence,
story publication, theatrical productions, and research, with some papers relating to
professional activities, speaking events, and living abroad.
Karen Tei Yamashita (January 8, 1951) is a novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and
professor. Although born in Oakland, California, Yamashita spent most of her childhood in
Gardena, Los Angeles County, California. From 1969 to 1973, Yamashita attended Carleton
College in Northfield, Minnesota, and spent her junior year abroad at Waseda University in
Tokyo, Japan. Yamashita graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1973 with Bachelors of Arts degrees in
English and Japanese literature. A year later, contemplating a career in anthropology,
Yamashita received the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and traveled to Sao Paulo in 1975 to
research Japanese immigrant communities in Brazil. Yamashita would remain in Brazil for nine
years, where she met and married artist and architect Ronaldo Lopes de Oliveira, with whom
she has had two children. In 1984, the family moved to Gardena, California, where Yamashita
worked for twelve years as an Executive Assistant at KCET, one of the local PBS stations in
Southern California. In 1997, Yamashita became a Professor at the University of California
Santa Cruz, relocating to Santa Cruz after a six-month stay in Seto, Japan.
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