The wisdom of peace and the absurdity of fighting are demonstrated in seventeen stories and poems by outstanding authors of today such as Jean Fritz, Milton Meltzer, and Nancy Willard.
Emi, a Japanese-American in the second grade, is sent with her family to an internment camp during World War II, but the loss of the bracelet her best friend has given her proves that she does not need a physical reminder of that friendship.
Desert Exile chronicles the experiences of a well-to-do Japanese American family before and during the internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War.
When Aunt Waka comes to visit, and brings with her the old-fashioned wisdom of Japan, she teaches Rinko the importance of her Japanese heritage, and the value of her own strengths and dreams.
Yuki, a 12-year-old Japanese American girl, and her family were sent to a concentration camp in Utah. This is the story of their journey back to Berkeley, California after WWII is over.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 11-year-old Yuki Sakane's family is uprooted and shipped with thousands of other West Coast Japanese-Americans to the horse stalls of Tanforan Racetrack and then to a bleak desert concentration camp called Topaz.
The novel Picture Bride tells the story of a fictional Japanese woman named Hana Omiya, a picture bride sent to live with her new husband in Oakland, California in 1917. The novel also focuses on her experiences in a Japanese internment camp in 1943. The related readings include an interview, a memoir, a personal narrative, a poem and a short story.
Here is a story based on a true, if almost forgotten, incident in California history: the founding of the Wakamatsu colony, a Japanese society near Sacramento, by exiles from the wars that wracked Japan and devoted to the growing of tea and the cultivation of mulberry for silk worms. The year is 1869 and young Koichi dreams of becoming a samurai like his father. But when their clan is defeated along with the Shogun in a fierce battle, he suddenly finds himself going to America to become a farmer. Even there Koichi and his father cannot escape confrontation, as hostile miners bring tragedy to Wakamatsu. It is impossible not to get caught up in Koichi's own hopes, fears, and joys as he makes a difficult decision worthy of the noblest samurai.
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