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Japanese Americans Evacuation and Relocation, 1942-1945
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet : a novel
This debut novel tells a heartwarming story of fathers and sons, first loves, fate, and the resilient human heart. Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, the times and places are brought to life (Jim Tomlinson, author of "Things Kept, Things Left Behind"). Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
An ugly murder is central to this compelling historical, but the focus is on one appealing family, the Strouds, in the backwater town of Ellis, Colo. Soon after Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government rounded up all the Japanese residents of the West Coast and shipped them off to internment camps for the duration of the war. One of the camps is Tallgrass, based on an actual Colorado camp, as Dallas (The Chili Queen) explains in her acknowledgments. The major discomforts and petty indignities these (mostly) American citizens had to endure are viewed through the clear eyes of a young girl who lives on a nearby farm, Rennie Stroud. Rennie's obvious love of family slowly extends itself to the Japanese house and field helpers the Strouds receive permission to hire. The final surprise is the who and why of the murder itself. Dallas's terrific characters, unerring ear for regional dialects and ability to evoke the sights and sounds of the 1940s make this a special treat. Author tour. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
Looking like the enemy : my story of imprisonment in Japanese-American internment camps
In 1941, Mary Matsuda Gruenewald was a teenage girl who, like other Americans, reacted with horror to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Yet soon she and her family were among 110,000 innocent people imprisoned by the U.S. government because of their Japanese ancestry. In this eloquent memoir, she describes both the day-to-day and the dramatic turning points of this profound injustice: what is was like to face an indefinite sentence in crowded, primitive camps; the struggle for survival and dignity; and the strength gained from learning what she was capable of and could do to sustain her family. It is at once a coming-of-age story with interest for young readers, an engaging narrative on a topic still not widely known, and a timely warning for the present era of terrorism. Complete with period photos, the book also brings readers up to the present, including the author's celebration of the National Japanese American Memorial dedication in 2000. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Thin wood walls
Eleven-year-old Joe Hanada's world falls apart after Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor. When the government orders people of Japanese heritage living on the West Coast to move to internment camps, Joe turns to the journal his father gave him to record his thoughts and feelings.
Free to die for their country : the story of the Japanese American draft resisters in World War II
Muller (law, U. of N. Carolina, Chapel Hill) is the son of a Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany who escaped to the U.S. and were later subjected to some of the same restrictions as West Coast Japanese Americans during WWII. Knowing about the internment of Japanese Americans, Muller was surprised to learn of the Japanese American draft resisters. Drawing on years of research, interviews with the resisters, their families, their supporters, and their detractors, Muller presents this analysis of the draft resisters' experiences, from the arrival of the draft notices in 1944 to the recent debates in the Japanese American community over the choice these young men made over 50 years ago. Academic, but accessible to the general reader. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
By order of the president : FDR and the internment of Japanese Americans
Countering the received notion that FDR was only marginally involved in the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War, By Order of the President uses Roosevelt's own writings, his advisors' letters & diaries, & internal government documents to reveal the president's central role in formulating & implementing this shameful plan. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
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