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Ough the National Japanese Student Relocation Council First Kay gets a ob offer in May at Mt Holyoke College Dept of Education s Nursery School in Massachusetts then Yoshiko is offered a full graduate fellowship at Education Dept of Smith College Though they hate to leave their parents they are eager to escape the unnatural confinement of the camp Yoshi graduates Smith in May 1944 with a master s degree and her parents are able to move to Salt Lake City She was offered a teaching ob in Frankford outside of Philadelphia And Her Sister Joined her sister oined for the summer At last they were able to rent a larger place and send for their parents and the family is reunited once I bought this book to use with a Japanese 19 year old woman who is strengthening her English with me We will study chapters and discuss them It is not very difficult reading I originally read this book as a young adult the author and my grandparents this book as a young adult the author and my grandparents each other My great grandparents were the Okubos whom the author s family s visited in Livingston before the war My grandmother was always so proud that Yoshiko Uchida wrote books about the experience of being US citizens and placed into concentration camps within their own country Like the author my grandparents also made the best of it and organized activities schools did bookkeeping cooked in the mess hall I still ust can t imagine keeping such a good outlook during such a horrible and unjust experience I appreciate that those that lost so much during this horrible time in our history are speaking out as we all know this could still happen again today in our country Just a fabulous book about the Japanese American experience before and during WWII Highly recommend it as a read aloud book with a preteen In order to discuss it Also love that my great grandparents the Okubos were mentioned I remember meeting the author when I was a young adult and being awed by her grace. Y looked like the enemy Yoshiko Uchida grew up to be an award winning author This memoir of her childhood gives a personal account of a shameful episode in American histor. Don t read it This book was interesting though after reading it I m not sure I m interesting in looking into reading any of Yoshiko Uchida s fiction She has sort of a distant impersonal way of writing that made it hard to get into her story even though it was fascinating And as terrible as this sounds her autobiography gets much interesting when she relates her experiences living in internment camps This is mainly because in true memoir fashion the first half of the book is very fragmented and non linear But something about the way she writes her story maybe the fact that she doesn t record her emotions or how she feelsthinks about things turned me off Which is weird because her story is about one of the most traumatic things that has happened in American history But it s almost like she was afraid to write how she really felt about the injustice and terribleness of everything that happened instead recording all of the positive things she experienced in internment camp But it is definitely a very interesting read and I learned a lot about this period of history that I hadn t known before I d definitely suggest this to young adults because it gets you interested in learning about history through the eyes of someone who was thereWarnings on a scale of 1 5Violence 1 The author records some of the violent unfair and unjust actions that done to the Japanese Americans including some of the violent unfair and unjust actions that were done to the Americans including instand of an old man being shot in cold blood by one of the internment camp guards but she doesn t go into any detail This book as the title suggests is about realizing and celebrating one s second generation immigrant experience In Yoshiko s case growing up in the Bay Area of California as a normal American girl pre WWII and in time connecting to and valuing her Japanese heritage I found it interesting especially the supportive communities that help families and individuals survive and thriveHer parents. Growing up in California Yoshi knew her family looked different from their neighbors Still she felt like an American But everything changed when America went to war agains. .

The Invisible Thread: An AutobiographyBorn in Japan came to America through their attendance at Doshisha University In Japan And The Japan and the family is active in the Japanese Christian community in California with lots of visiting Japanese students guests at family meals Takashi and Iku a businessman and housewife try to keep many Japanese traditions and speaking the language alive for Yoshiko and her older sister Keiko Kay The family makes two trips back to Japan in her early years but she is still focused on being an American and misses much The family back in Berkeley has warm relations with their European immigrant neighbors and the Americans around themOf course the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor Disrupts This Uiet Simple Life this uiet simple life family and their Nisei first generation immigrant friends can t believe it s true First the father is abruptly arrested and sent to Montana After an anxious period Yoshiko her sister and mother must pack up their home and prepare for transport off the West CoastThe last half of the book chronicles the internment camp experience First they are transported by rail to the Tanforan Racetrack where their family is assigned an old horse stall home Before long the father rejoins them and both girls become teachers of children in makeshift schools Still they are prisoners without civil rights isolated from the rest of American life and eat rationed food in the mess hall This life becomes almost bearable but they are uprooted once and sent to Topaz Utah a dusty desert with inadeuate water barren barracks extreme weather and dust storms Again the two sisters begin teaching and the father takes leadership in the community It is now early spring of 1943 and The internees are growing restless and some are turning violent and threatening Young men are being recruited to fight in the US Army and to clear the camp and defuse the situation others are given the option to leave if they can find situations thr. T Japan Along with all the other Japanese Americans on the West Coast Yoshi's family were rounded up and imprisoned in a crowded badly built camp in the desert because the.