A Japanese Peruvian boy's urban wandering in search of a proper place: Reading "Extranjero" by Augusto Higa Oshiro as "the chorus of idle footsteps"

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Abstract

Augusto Higa's story, "Extranjero," portrays a Japanese Peruvian Nisei boy, growing up in Lima during the post-WWII era, who "walks in the city" to find a "proper" place. Drawing on de Certeau's notion of pedestrians' footsteps as a form of everyday practice that provokes illegible and unruly spatiality within the structure of power, this study explores how and why, as the boy walks, a sense of labyrinthine disorientation arises, temporarily disturbing the Peruvian government's project to integrate him into society as an assimilable, obedient and quiet foreigner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalCincinnati Romance Review
Volume42
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 1

Keywords

  • Augusto Higa Oshiro
  • De Certeau
  • Japanese Peruvians
  • Ordinary pedestrians' footsteps
  • Urban wandering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory

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