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ISBN-10: 1481401440
ISBN-13: 9781481401449
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: 09/07/2021
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 2.20" H

When Can We Go Back to America?: Voices of Japanese American Incarceration During WWII

Foreword by: Norman Y Mineta

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An oral history about Japanese internment during World War II, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, from the perspective of children and young people affected”–

In this dramatic and page-turning narrative history of Japanese Americans before, during, and after their World War II incarceration, Susan H. Kamei weaves the voices of over 130 individuals who lived through this tragic episode, most of them as young adults.

It’s difficult to believe it happened here, in the Land of the Free: After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States government forcibly removed more than 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry from the Pacific Coast and imprisoned them in desolate detention camps until the end of World War II just because of their race.

In what Secretary Norman Y. Mineta describes as a “landmark book,” he and others who lived through this harrowing experience tell the story of their incarceration and the long-term impact of this dark period in American history. For the first time, why and how these tragic events took place are interwoven with more than 130 individual voices of those who were unconstitutionally incarcerated, many of them children and young adults.

Now more than ever, their words will resonate with readers who are confronting questions about racial identity, immigration, and citizenship, and what it means to be an American.

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In When Can We Go Back to America?, Susan Kamei relates the whole range of Japanese American experiences during World War II–from the camps to the courtrooms, from the soldiers of the segregated 442nd Regimental Combat Team to the draft resisters–restoring a much-needed sense of agency to people who triumphed over prejudice during a period of nationwide fear. At a time when Asian Americans face new threats in their own homeland, When Can We Go Back to America? is a bracing reminder of the challenges facing minorities–and their hard-earned successes.–Robert Asahina "author of Just Americans: How Japanese Americans Won a War at Home and Abroad"
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Details

ISBN-10: 1481401440
ISBN-13: 9781481401449
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: 09/07/2021
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 2.20" H
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