Visit my Book Site: Dream of the Water Children

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For those of you interested in Black Pacific histories, storytelling, postcolonial analysis, and Black-Asian and indigenous perspectives, you might appreciate my book:  Dream of the Water Children: Memory and Mourning in the Black Pacific  will be released this coming Fall (2015) by 2Leaf Press in New York.

It is a combination of family and friends’ collective memoir, dreams, dreams and recollections on being a black body in the Pacific Rim, from ancient times to the present, combined with a mystery and soul-searching investigation of my reflections on my relationship with my mother, as well as my father and family.

The Occupation of Japan, indigenous South Seas and Pacific Islands histories, women’s lives in relation to US militarism, divided Korea, the Philippines Resistance War against the US, Negrito peoples, African-American soldiers in Asian Wars, French Indochina and American Vietnam Wars, European colonization in the Pacific, and life in today across the US, are only some of the aspects evoked in a meditation of self-in-history.

The book is not written in traditional ways, mixing genres and disciplines without dividing into categories. It is not a social history or case study, but memories with research notes and reflections on readings, related directly to my investigation on how I and family members have grown to be a self within larger histories of militarism and colonization.

From my mother speaking to me through a dream, to my father’s interpretation of his Vietnam War experience, to my present-day experiences with racism in San Francisco from both Japanese and white people, to newspaper articles and stories from my childhood and the infanticide, a mystery regarding my own background opens new questions on the world, what it tells us versus what we know and remember, what we choose to maintain or refuse, and how we maintain, perpetrate or become victims of violence and oppressions is at the core of questions that I pose for the meaning of what lives we live and what we must become.

The central focus of my book is of being the identity of a Black-Japanese Amerasian, born in the postwar, to a mixed-race Japanese woman who meets my would-be father, an African-American military man stationed in Japan during the Korean War. Transnational life, military life, and the jarring changes and adjustments needed in the middle of it, and continuing into adulthood–are the main ways in which I choose to remember a few events in my life, and conversations with my mother, to evoke a dream-like sequence between academic writing and the lament of life in loss, war, and the struggle for empowerment.

If interested, please visit the website for my book, to keep informed:


My Book will be out in Fall 2015! Progressing nicely!

Dear Readers–

My book, Dream of the Water Children: Memory and Mourning in the Black Pacific, will be out in Fall 2015.

It will be published by 2Leaf Press (New York).

Things are progressing with the book.  In final editing stages and putting everything together.


PUBLICATION DATE for my book will be DELAYED

Things are going slow at 2Leaf Press, the publisher of my book.  It’s not unusual, with all the things going on there.

So my book will not likely be published in the next two months.  It might be out by the END OF THE YEAR but perhaps later than that.    HOPE EVERYONE Interested in the Book will eagerly look forward to it coming out when it does!!!


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.


MY BOOK – Coming Fall 2014

1 - Web Version

My Book will be released this Fall 2014, by 2Leaf Press!!

Introduction by Gerald Horne

Foreword by Velina Hasu Houston

Cover Art by Kenji Chienshu Liu

Here are just a few preview comments about the book:

Fredrick Douglas Kakinami Cloyd has written a profoundly moving and thought-provoking book. He courageously challenges our neat categories of identity, going beyond broadening our understanding of mixed race to touch what is human in all of us. This book will shift readers’ perceptions and assumptions and may change many lives. Above all, Cloyd is a master story-teller who honors and respects memory.

–Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, historian and writer

This is a mature book that moves fluidly, as the mind moves, untroubled by traditional distinctions between writing considered to be academic vs. creative, memoir vs. personal essay, sure-footed in unexpected ways. This genre-bending book is not “experimental writing.” The author knows what he wants to say and he knows how he wants to say it, seeking, in his own words, “restoration and reclamation” for silenced voices and histories never erased because they have not yet been written. Dream of the Water Children demands that its reader rigorously consider the constructed nature of memory, identities, and historical narrative. And it is also an enormously kind and passionate chronicle of a son’’s long journey with his mother. To read it is to marvel, to learn, and to discover anew what surrealist poet Paul Éluard said: “There is another world, but it is in this one.”

–Patricia Mushim Ikeda
    Buddhist teacher / activist
    Oakland, California

Can be read as a ghost story, a meditation on how to disassemble the heartbreak machines; a catalog of copious tears and small comforts. This is a challenging example of personal bravery and filial love. It puts the “more” in memory.

–Leonard Rifas, Ph.D
   Communications, University of Washington

2Leaf Press Book LINK:

Upcoming Presentations I’m doing!

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October 26, 2013

8:00 pm

Reveries and Rage: On Colonization and Survival

Presenting with other Queer and Trans people against colonization

‘Dream of the Water Children’ Reading

at Audre Lorde Room, Women’s Building, Mission District, San Francisco

Tickets: $10-15  (Click here)



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November 2013

1:00 pm

Generation Nexus: Peace in the Postwar

Artists’ Exhibition and Panel Discussion

National Japanese American Historical Society, Building 640 Learning Center

(at Controversial Military Intelligence Learning Center)

Presidio, San Francisco, CA

November 17: Exhibit Opening (I will have a kiosk with other artists)

November 23: Artists’ Panel Discussion on Peace in the Postwar