American Fish (film)

Title American Fish
Date 1995
Director Jesse Wine
Producer Doug Ing; Taemi Lim; Charlene Lee
Based On "American Fish" by R. A. Sasaki
Starring Nikki Nojima (Grace Hayashi); Tama Tokuda (Toshi Nakamura)
Cinematography Robert Jett Barkley
Editing Jay J. Koh
Studio Wine Productions in association with Kingstreet Media
Distributor Center for Asian American Media
Runtime 10 minutes

Short dramatic film about two Nisei women who run into each other at a grocery store and the dance that ensues when neither can remember who the other is. Humorous at first, the tone shifts when one asks about "camp" and other replies that she was in Tule Lake, invoking stereotypes of the camp and its inmates in the other. Directed by Jesse Wine, "American Fish" was based on the short story of the same name by R. A. Sasaki. It was screened as part of the Tule Lake Pilgrimage in 1996.

Authored by Brian Niiya

For More Information

American Fish.

American Fish. Center for Asian American Media website.

Sasaki, R. A. "American Fish." In The Loom and Other Stories. St. Paul, Minn.: Graywolf Press, 1991. 71–77.

Takita, Sachiko. "The Tule Lake Pilgrimage and Japanese American Internment: Collective Memory, Solidarity, and Division in an Ethnic Community." Ph.D. dissertation, UCLA, 2007.