Book: Dream of the Water Children
Fredrick D. Kakinami Cloyd’s first book: Dream of the Water Children: Memory and Mourning in the Black Pacific, will be published this fall by 2Leaf Press.  He is needing digital scans that can be included in the book.
The book focuses on a collective memoir of the author’s family and friends across the United States and Asia, linking them to colonial European expansion in Asia, the Vietnam War, and military base life in postwar Japan and Korea.  These stories are then linked to the present in mainland United States, questioning war, identity, violence and social change.
He is seeking Digitally-scanned images, mementos and documents of indigenous tribal legacies of Asia, mixed-race Black-Asian children and families from post-World War II and Post-Korean War and Post-Vietnam war, and anything having to do with living with European and American military forces in relation to the civilian population and military-base life in Asia—expressing adjustments, juxtapositions, oppressions, dominance, memory, legacy, trauma, and empowerment through the lens of women, children and families (nuclear, to communal and orphaned, etc.).  Particularly, women married to military men of Europe, Africa and America would be considered most strongly, especially Black-Japanese, Black-Korean, Black-Filipino and Black-Viet/Thai/Laotian and Pacific Islanders.
Please visit the links included at the end of this post for an introduction to the work.
Details on technical details for the quality/size, etc. of digital scans will be sent upon acceptance.
SEND Self-Introduction, Explanation of photos, and either a link to a site with your digital scans, or a couple to a few photos attached to your email.
You will be credited in my work once published (you will not be paid).
Send to:


Dream of the Water Children
Memory and Mourning in the Black Pacific
by Fredrick D. Kakinami Cloyd

DREAM OF THE WATER CHILDREN, at once a haunting collective memory and a genre-bending critical account of dominance and survival, interweaves intimate multi-family details with global politics spanning generations and continents. Fredrick D. Kakinami Cloyd’s debut work defies categorization as histories and families are intimately connected through sociological ghosts alive in the present. It is a one-of-a-kind ‘non-fiction’ inter-disciplinary evocation that will appeal to not only those interested in Black and Asian relations and mixed-race Amerasian histories, but also a wide general audience including those interested in Asian, Asian-American, Nikkei, African-American, and mixed-race identities as well as multicultural literature, history and post-colonial memoir. Those focused on academic studies such as women and gender studies, ethnic and critical mixed-race studies, social justice curriculum, political histories, memory, feminism, and militarization, etc. will appreciate the profound questions for thought that rise up from the pages. Cloyd’s book not only challenges readers to explore technologies of violence, identity, difference, and our responsibilities to the world, it will also move readers through emotional depths.


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