Memory and Mourning in the Black Pacific
At the nexus between memoir and social history, Fredrick D. Kakinami Cloyd’s work crosses boundaries of race, nation, discipline, and genre to give us a glimpse into little known territory – the Black Pacific collective memory. Dream of the Water Children is a meditation on the condition of a Black Japanese diaspora born of war and U.S. imperialism as much as it is a personal story of love, loss and spiritual redemption. Written in multiple voices, Cloyd lets his ghosts speak. This book is a beautiful tribute to his mother and sister, and to all the water children that have been swept under the rug of history.
– Grace M. Cho, author of Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy and the Forgotten War (University of Minnesota Press, 2008)
In Memorium: Kiyoko Kakinami Cloyd
November 2, 1929 (?) - September 17, 2011
Like a swimmer who has made it through the break, Fredrick Cloyd looks back at the far shore of his war-touched past with fresh eyes. Eloquent, passionate and continually surprising, his meditation on history and the individual provokes and tantalizes the reader through a shared process of remembering. This is an ocean of a book.
– Walter Hamilton, author of Children of the Occupation: Japan’s Untold Story
(Rutgers University Press, 2013)