Midnight in Broad Daylight

Midnight in Broad Daylight
  • Author : Pamela Rotner Sakamoto
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 480
  • Relase : 2016-01-05
  • ISBN : 9780062351951

Midnight in Broad Daylight Book Review:

Meticulously researched and beautifully written, the true story of a Japanese American family that found itself on opposite sides during World War II—an epic tale of family, separation, divided loyalties, love, reconciliation, loss, and redemption—and a riveting chronicle of U.S.–Japan relations and the Japanese experience in America After their father’s death, Harry, Frank, and Pierce Fukuhara—all born and raised in the Pacific Northwest—moved to Hiroshima, their mother’s ancestral home. Eager to go back to America, Harry returned in the late 1930s. Then came Pearl Harbor. Harry was sent to an internment camp until a call came for Japanese translators and he dutifully volunteered to serve his country. Back in Hiroshima, his brothers Frank and Pierce became soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army. As the war raged on, Harry, one of the finest bilingual interpreters in the United States Army, island-hopped across the Pacific, moving ever closer to the enemy—and to his younger brothers. But before the Fukuharas would have to face each other in battle, the U.S. detonated the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, gravely injuring tens of thousands of civilians, including members of their family. Alternating between the American and Japanese perspectives, Midnight in Broad Daylight captures the uncertainty and intensity of those charged with the fighting as well as the deteriorating home front of Hiroshima—as never told before in English—and provides a fresh look at the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Intimate and evocative, it is an indelible portrait of a resilient family, a scathing examination of racism and xenophobia, an homage to the tremendous Japanese American contribution to the American war effort, and an invaluable addition to the historical record of this extraordinary time.

Citizens, Immigrants, and the Stateless

Citizens, Immigrants, and the Stateless
  • Author : Michael R. Jin
  • Publisher : Stanford University Press
  • Pages : 303
  • Relase : 2021-11-16
  • ISBN : 9781503628328

Citizens, Immigrants, and the Stateless Book Review:

From the 1920s to the eve of the Pacific War in 1941, more than 50,000 young second-generation Japanese Americans (Nisei) embarked on transpacific journeys to the Japanese Empire, putting an ocean between themselves and pervasive anti-Asian racism in the American West. Born U.S. citizens but treated as unwelcome aliens, this contingent of Japanese Americans—one in four U.S.-born Nisei—came in search of better lives but instead encountered a world shaped by increasingly volatile relations between the U.S. and Japan. Based on transnational and bilingual research in the United States and Japan, Michael R. Jin recuperates the stories of this unique group of American emigrants at the crossroads of U.S. and Japanese empire. From the Jim Crow American West to the Japanese colonial frontiers in Asia, and from internment camps in America to Hiroshima on the eve of the atomic bombing, these individuals redefined ideas about home, identity, citizenship, and belonging as they encountered multiple social realities on both sides of the Pacific. Citizens, Immigrants, and the Stateless examines the deeply intertwined histories of Asian exclusion in the United States, Japanese colonialism in Asia, and volatile geopolitical changes in the Pacific world that converged in the lives of Japanese American migrants.

Tadaima! I Am Home

Tadaima! I Am Home
  • Author : Tom Coffman
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Pages : 177
  • Relase : 2018-10-31
  • ISBN : 9780824877118

Tadaima! I Am Home Book Review:

Tadaima! I Am Home unearths the five-generation history of a family that migrated from Hiroshima to Honolulu but never settled. In the telling, the common Japanese greeting “tadaima!” takes on a perplexing meaning. What is home? Where most immigrants either establish roots in a new place or return to their place of origin, the Miwa family became transnational. With one foot in Japan, the other in America, they attempted to build lives in both countries. In the process, they faced the challenges of internment, a civilian prisoner exchange, the atomic bomb, and the loss of their holdings on both sides of the Pacific. The story begins and ends with the fifth-generation figure, Stephen Miwa of Honolulu, who is trying to get to the bottom of a shadowed reference to his family name: “The Miwas are unlucky.” Tom Coffman’s research tracks back to the founding sojourner, Marujiro, a fallen samurai, and to the sons of subsequent generations—Senkichi, a field laborer turned storekeeper; James Seigo, a merchant prince; Lawrence Fumio, a heroically struggling “foreign” student; and, finally, the contemporary Stephen, whose nagging questions drive him to excavate his enigmatic past. Among the book’s unusual finds, the most extraordinary is the fourteen-year-old Fumio’s student diary, which he maintained in Hiroshima from July 4, 1945, through his survival of atomic bombing and into the following autumn. The Miwas climbed from poverty to wealth, and then fell precipitously from wealth into poverty. The most recent generations have regrouped by dint of intense determination and devotion to education, exercised against the strange transformation of Japanese Americans from despised “other” to model minority. Throughout, this resilient family has kept an outwardly facing cheerfulness, giving no clues as to what they have been through. Tadaima! I Am Home confronts history from a largely unexplored transnational viewpoint, suggesting new ways of looking and seeing. Although it does not explicitly beg the question of internal security in the present, it poses new perspectives on immigration, acculturation, commitment to nation, and the marginalization of distrusted minorities.

Years of Infamy

Years of Infamy
  • Author : Michi Weglyn
  • Publisher : William Morrow & Company
  • Pages : 364
  • Relase : 1976
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105039066977

Years of Infamy Book Review:

An eyewitness chronicles and documents the known, forgotten, and ignored events and circumstances of the official evacuation and incarceration of over one hundred thousand Japanese-Americans in the early 1940s

Mexican Labor and World War II

Mexican Labor and World War II
  • Author : Erasmo Gamboa,Kevin Leonard
  • Publisher : University of Washington Press
  • Pages : 208
  • Relase : 2015-09-01
  • ISBN : 9780295998398

Mexican Labor and World War II Book Review:

�Although Mexican migrant workers have toiled in the fields of the Pacific Northwest since the turn of the century, and although they comprise the largest work force in the region�s agriculture today, they have been virtually invisible in the region�s written labor history. Erasmo Gamboa�s study of the bracero program during World War II is an important beginning, describing and documenting the labor history of Mexican and Chicano workers in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho and contributing to our knowledge of farm labor.��Oregon Historical Quarterly


  • Author : Keggie Carew
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Pages : 432
  • Relase : 2017-03-07
  • ISBN : 9780802190383

Dadland Book Review:

As her father’s memory fails, a daughter explores his military past: “Part family memoir, part history book . . . Compelling and moving from start to finish” (Financial Times). One of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ten Best Books of the Year For most of Keggie Carew’s life, she was kept at arm’s length from her father’s personal history. But when she is invited to join him for the sixtieth anniversary of the Jedburghs—an elite special operations unit that was the first collaboration between the American and British Secret Services during World War II—a new door opens in their relationship. As dementia begins to stake a claim over Tom Carew’s memory, Keggie embarks on a quest to unravel his story, and soon finds herself in a far more consuming place than she bargained for. Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer, a law unto himself. As a Jedburgh he parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerrilla resistance first against the Germans in France, then against the Japanese in Southeast Asia, where he won the nickname “Lawrence of Burma.” But his wartime exploits were only the beginning. A winner of the Costa Book Award, Dadland takes us on a journey through peace and war and shady corners of twentieth-century politics; though the author’s English childhood and the breakdown of her family, and into the mysterious realm of memory. “Brings to mind Helen MacDonald’s H is for Hawk in the way it soars off in surprising directions, teaches you things you didn’t know, and ambushes your emotions.” ―NPR “Astonishing . . . Mixes intimate memoir, biography, history and detective story: this is a shape-shifting hybrid that meditates on the nature of time and identity . . . Tom Carew was a razzle-dazzle character, larger than life and anarchically self-invented . . . For all its vigor and comic zest, Dadland is a careful and tender discovery that patiently circles around a man who spent his life mythologizing and running away from himself.” ―The Observer

Far East, Down South

Far East, Down South
  • Author : Raymond A. Mohl,John E. Van Sant,Chizuru Saeki
  • Publisher : University of Alabama Press
  • Pages : 276
  • Relase : 2016-10-25
  • ISBN : 9780817319144

Far East, Down South Book Review:

Far East, Down South: Asians in the American South offers a collection of ten insightful essays that illuminate the little-known history and increasing presence of Asian immigrants in the American southeast. In sharp contrast to the “melting pot” reputation of the United States, the American South—with its history of slavery, Jim Crow, and the civil rights movement—has been perceived in stark and simplistic demographic terms. In Far East, Down South, editors Raymond A. Mohl, John E. Van Sant, and Chizuru Saeki provide a collection of essential essays that restores and explores an overlooked part of the South’s story—that of Asian immigration to the region. These essays form a comprehensive overview of key episodes and issues in the history of Asian immigrants to the South. During Reconstruction, southern entrepreneurs experimented with the replacement of slave labor with Chinese workers. As in the West, Chinese laborers played a role in the development of railroads. Japanese farmers also played a more widespread role than is usually believed. Filipino sailors recruited by the US Navy in the early decades of the twentieth century often settled with their families in the vicinity of naval ports such as Corpus Christi, Biloxi, and Pensacola. Internment camps brought Japanese Americans to Arkansas. Marriages between American servicemen and Japanese, Korean, Filipina, Vietnamese, and nationals in other theaters of war created many thousands of blended families in the South. In recent decades, the South is the destination of internal immigration as Asian Americans spread out from immigrant enclaves in West Coast and Northeast urban areas. Taken together, the book’s essays document numerous fascinating themes: the historic presence of Asians in the South dating back to the mid-nineteenth century; the sources of numerous waves of contemporary Asian immigration to the South; and the steady spread of Asians out from the coastal port cities. Far East, Down South adds a vital new dimension to popular understanding of southern history.

Muslims of the Heartland

Muslims of the Heartland
  • Author : Edward E. Curtis IV
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Pages : 249
  • Relase : 2022-02-15
  • ISBN : 9781479812561

Muslims of the Heartland Book Review:

"This book rejects the stereotype of the Midwest as bleached-out Christian country. It unearths a surprising and intimate history of the first two generations of Syrian Muslims in the Midwest who, in spite of discrimination, created a life that was Arab, American, and Muslim all at the same time"--

Japanese-American Relocation in World War II

Japanese-American Relocation in World War II
  • Author : Roger W. Lotchin
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : 365
  • Relase : 2018-05-03
  • ISBN : 9781108419291

Japanese-American Relocation in World War II Book Review:

Lotchin argues that the World War II relocation of Japanese-Americans was motivated by fear of Japan, rather than racism.

Snow Falling On Cedars

Snow Falling On Cedars
  • Author : David Guterson
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 352
  • Relase : 1994-09-12
  • ISBN : 9780547545080

Snow Falling On Cedars Book Review:

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award ▪ American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award "Haunting....A whodunit complete with courtroom maneuvering and surprising turns of evidence and at the same time a mystery, something altogether richer and deeper."—Los Angeles Times San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man's guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries—memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched. Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric, Snow Falling on Cedars is a masterpiece of suspense—one that leaves us shaken and changed. "Compelling...heart-stopping. Finely wrought, flawlessly written."—New York Times Book Review

Remembering Shanghai

Remembering Shanghai
  • Author : Claire Chao,Isabel Sun Chao
  • Publisher : Plum Brook
  • Pages : 308
  • Relase : 2018-05
  • ISBN : 0999393804

Remembering Shanghai Book Review:

True stories of glamour, drama and tragedy told through five generations of a Shanghai family, from the last days of imperial rule to the Cultural Revolution.

The Siesta and the Midnight Sun

The Siesta and the Midnight Sun
  • Author : Jessa Gamble
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2011-10-11
  • ISBN : 9780143185857

The Siesta and the Midnight Sun Book Review:

When a retiring worker is given a gold watch, Jessa Gamble observes, she symbolically gets back the freedom to keep her own hours. There were no mechanical timepieces before the industrial revolution. The day’s activities were dictated by the spinning Earth’s circuit around the Sun and by the seasons. Because people adjusted their lives to these natural rhythms, they may have experienced less stress than their modern counterparts. They almost certainly enjoyed more sleep. In The Siesta and the Midnight Sun, award-winning science writer Jessa Gamble explores the continuing significance of the biological clocks that governed our lives before modern technology annihilated the night. She describes experiments that show both rats and people adhere to a 24-hour schedule even when deprived of daylight. When our days are disrupted by shift work, jet lag or space travel, things go wrong. The disastrous chemical leak at Bhopal, India and the calamitous launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger both were caused partly by sleepless workers. Insomnia is rampant in the Western world. By investigating patterns of behaviour in many societies both past and current, Gamble gives us a glimpse of different ways of scheduling time. In this superbly insightful and entertaining book she examines the crises and creative adaptations that occur on the embattled border where biology, culture and technology clash.

The Japan Chronicle

The Japan Chronicle
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :
  • Pages :
  • Relase : 1913
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105118907794

The Japan Chronicle Book Review:


  • Author : Frances Itani
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Pages : 320
  • Relase : 2012-08-07
  • ISBN : 9780802194602

Requiem Book Review:

By the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize-winning author of Deafening comes a new historical novel that traces the lives of one Japanese-Canadian family during and after their internment in the 1940s. In 1942 the government removed Bin Okuma's family from their home on British Columbia’s west coast and forced them into internment camps. They were allowed to take only the possessions they could carry, and nine-year-old Bin was forced to watch as neighbors raided his family’s home before the transport boats even undocked. One hundred miles from the “Protected Zone,” they formed makeshift communities without direct access to electricity, plumbing or food—for five years. Fifty years later, after his wife’s sudden death, Bin travels across the country to find the biological father who has been lost to him. Both running from grief and driving straight toward it, Bin must ask himself whether he truly wants to find First Father, the man who made a fateful decision that almost destroyed his family all those years ago. With his wife’s persuasive voice in his head and the echo of their love in his heart, Bin embarks on an unforgettable journey into his past that will throw light on a dark time in our shared history.

Nisei linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II (Paperbound)

Nisei linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II (Paperbound)
  • Author : James C. McNaughton
  • Publisher : Government Printing Office
  • Pages : 514
  • Relase : 2006
  • ISBN : 0160867053

Nisei linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II (Paperbound) Book Review:

"This book tells the story of an unusual group of American soldiers in World War II, second-generation Japanese Americans (Nisei) who served as interpreters and translators in the Military Intelligence Service."--Preface.

Life of Pi

Life of Pi
  • Author : Yann Martel
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 80
  • Relase : 2022-01-27
  • ISBN : 9781350295698

Life of Pi Book Review:

"Life of Pi will make you believe in the power of theatre" (Times). After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a lifeboat - a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a Royal Bengal tiger, and a sixteen year-old boy named Pi. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive? Based on one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction - winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide - and featuring breath-taking puppetry and state-of-the-art visuals, Life of Pi is a universally acclaimed, smash hit adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope. Adapted by acclaimed playwright Lolita Chakrabarti, this edition was published to coincide with the West End premiere in November 2021.

Snow Treasure

Snow Treasure
  • Author : Marie McSwigan
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 170
  • Relase : 1958
  • ISBN : 0590425374

Snow Treasure Book Review:

Grade Level 5.5, Book# 85, Points 4.

A Different Mirror for Young People

A Different Mirror for Young People
  • Author : Ronald Takaki
  • Publisher : Seven Stories Press
  • Pages : 368
  • Relase : 2012-10-30
  • ISBN : 9781609804176

A Different Mirror for Young People Book Review:

A longtime professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Ronald Takaki was recognized as one of the foremost scholars of American ethnic history and diversity. When the first edition of A Different Mirror was published in 1993, Publishers Weekly called it "a brilliant revisionist history of America that is likely to become a classic of multicultural studies" and named it one of the ten best books of the year. Now Rebecca Stefoff, who adapted Howard Zinn's best-selling A People's History of the United States for younger readers, turns the updated 2008 edition of Takaki's multicultural masterwork into A Different Mirror for Young People. Drawing on Takaki's vast array of primary sources, and staying true to his own words whenever possible, A Different Mirror for Young People brings ethnic history alive through the words of people, including teenagers, who recorded their experiences in letters, diaries, and poems. Like Zinn's A People's History, Takaki's A Different Mirror offers a rich and rewarding "people's view" perspective on the American story.

Northwest Africa

Northwest Africa
  • Author : George Frederick Howe
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 748
  • Relase : 1991
  • ISBN : UOM:39015008440482

Northwest Africa Book Review:

The assault on North Africa on 8 November 1942 led to a bitter conflict that finally culminated in the defeat of the Axis forces in Tunisia seven months later. The campaign was, for the U.S. Army, a school in coalition warfare and an introduction to enemy tactics.

Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific

Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific
  • Author : Deborah Hopkinson
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 384
  • Relase : 2016-09-27
  • ISBN : 9781338043792

Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific Book Review:

Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific tells the incredible story of America's little known "war within a war" -- US submarine warfare during World War II. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US entered World War II in December 1941 with only 44 Naval submarines -- many of them dating from the 1920s. With the Pacific battleship fleet decimated after Pearl Harbor, it was up to the feisty and heroic sailors aboard the US submarines to stop the Japanese invasion across the Pacific. Including breakouts highlighting submarine life and unsung African-American and female war heroes, award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson uses first-person accounts, archival materials, official Naval documents, and photographs to bring the voices and exploits of these brave service members to life.