This article examines Hisaye Yamamoto’s short story “Wilshire Bus” in light of its pedagogical effectiveness in the contemporary cultural moment. The author argues that “Wilshire Bus,” published in 1950, resonates with many students today by evoking issues such as bullying, racist stereotyping, bystander responsibility, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Teaching for the Times: Hisaye Yamamoto’s “Wilshire Bus”
Matthew Elliott is associate professor of English at Emmanuel College in Boston. He teaches American literature and American studies, with a focus on multiculturalism. His previous essays have appeared in MELUS: Multiethnic Literature of the United States, Twentieth Century Literature, the Journal of Popular Culture, and others. He was the recipient of the 2017 Whatley Award for his article in Studies in Popular Culture.
Matthew Elliott; Teaching for the Times: Hisaye Yamamoto’s “Wilshire Bus”. Pedagogy 1 October 2020; 20 (3): 558–562. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-8544620
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