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Digital Library of Japanese American Incarceration

The Digital Library of Japanese American Incarceration was created by the Internet Archive in collaboration with Densho (https://densho.org/), and was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program. (https://www.nps.gov/jacs/)


This collection of more than 500 English language books related to the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans was curated by scholars and organizations from the Japanese American community, representing a comprehensive archive of the most relevant books on this topic.


The collection includes adult non-fiction titles—both academic monographs and popularly oriented works—books for younger readers and creative works such as novels, compilations of short stories, poems, and plays. Many of these volumes  are featured or cited in the Densho Resource Guide to Media on the Japanese American Removal and Incarceration (https://resourceguide.densho.org/). The Densho Resource Guide to Media on the Japanese American Removal and Incarceration is a directory to over 650 children's books, literary works, films and videos, plays, curriculum guides, websites and other media that touch on the incarceration and its aftermath.


Over time, we hope that the reading public will also be able to suggest additional titles to be digitized in a second phase of work.


This project is part of the Internet Archive’s larger initiative, Open Libraries (http://openlibraries.online/), whereby any institution that holds a physical copy of these books may also make their copy available digitally. 


The Internet Archive is also working with the Wikimedia Foundation to vastly increase discovery and use of these digital books. By clicking on the Wikipedia reference link, readers will be taken to the full text inside books from this collection, with the opportunity to check out the book itself. Our goal is to weave the best sources of information about the Japanese American incarceration experience into the articles where readers turn first.


We hope that the Digital Library of Japanese American Incarceration will be a boon to researchers, educators, and all others who have an interest in the topic. The project will preserve and safeguard the content of some rare older books that might otherwise be endangered. As those who were incarcerated pass away and into memory, we seek to create an enduring repository of knowledge that will counter misinformation about this important lesson in American history. 


Today, we live in a digital age where if a book isn’t online, it’s as if it doesn’t exist. Our goal is to provide free, long-term public access to the most important, diverse, and inclusive set of materials possible. We hope that the Digital Library of Japanese American Incarceration will keep the story of Japanese Americans on the digital shelves for future generations to discover.


---Wendy Hanamura

    Project Lead & Director of Partnerships, Internet Archive


This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government.


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by De Witt, J. L. (John Lesesne), b. 1880; United States. Army. Western Defense Command; United States. Army. Army, 4th; United States. War Dept. General Staff
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Topics: Japanese Americans, Japanese, World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945
Source: bplgovdocs
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by Guterson, David
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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award 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...
Topics: Japanese Americans, Trials (Murder), Journalists
WWII Archive
by Conn, Stetson; Engelman, Rose C. (Rose Charlotte); Fairchild, Byron; Center of Military History
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CMH Pub 4-2 Guarding The United States And Its Outposts by Stetson Conn, Rose C. Engelman, Byron Fairchild. First published 1964 "The deployment and operations of Army forces in defense of the continental United States and its outposts, from the Aleutians through Hawaii to the Galapagos in the Pacific, and from Iceland through Bermuda to Trinidad in the Atlantic." Digitized by the U.S. Army Center of Military History: http://www.history.army.mil
Topics: The U.S. Army in World War II: The Western Hemisphere, The U.S. Army in World War II, World War,...
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by Okada, John
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Reprint. Originally published: Seattle : Combined Asian American Resources Project, 1977
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Japanese Americans
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"This edition contains the complete text of the original hardcover edition. Not one word has been omitted"--T.p. verso
Topics: Reading Level -- Grade 11, Reading Level -- Grade 12, Japanese Americans
Source: inlibrary
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 131-134)
Topics: Japanese Americans, Concentration camp inmates, Concentration camps, Japanese Americans
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by Monica Itoi Sone
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Topics: Sone, Monica Itoi, 1919-, Japanese Americans -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Biography.,...
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by Guterson, David
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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award 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...
Topics: Japanese Americans, Trials (Murder), Journalists
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by Guterson, David
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In Washington State, the trial of Kabuo Miyomoto, a Japanese-American fisherman accused of murdering another fisherman, Carl Heine. The prosecution charges the murder was committed as revenge for the Heine family taking Miyomoto's land at the outbreak of World War II and the novel traces the different reaction of the white and yellow communities. By the author of The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind
Topics: Japanese Americans, Trials (Murder), Journalists, Japanese Americans, Journalists, Trials (Murder),...
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Never catching up -- Oh broom, get to work -- Being Japanese American -- Our Japanese Sunday -- Iku and Takashi -- Discovering the magic -- Tub under the stars -- Obah San and my cousins -- Foreigner in Japan -- Unhappy days -- Glory days -- Becoming a "nonalien" -- Prisoner of my country -- Prison camp teacher -- Topaz -- Dust storm -- School in the desert -- Concentration Camp Christmas -- Volunteers from behind barbed wire -- Back to the real world -- From mouse to tiger -- Good...
Topics: Uchida, Yoshiko, Uchida, Yoshiko, Authors, American, Japanese Americans, Authors, American,...
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Topics: Uchida, Yoshiko, Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945, Japanese Americans
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What is Pearl Harbor? -- Shikata ga nai -- Different kind of sand -- Common master plan -- Almost a family -- Whatever he did had flourish -- Fort Lincoln: an interview -- Mess hall bells -- Reservoir shack: an aside -- Yes yes no no -- Manzanar, U.S.A. -- Outings, explorations -- In the firebreak -- Departures -- Free to go -- It's all starting -- Ka-ke, near Hiroshima: April 1946 -- Re-entry -- Double impulse -- Girl of my dreams -- Ten thousand voices
Topics: Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki, Manzanar War Relocation Center, Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945
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by Yoshiko Uchida
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Topics: Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Juvenile fiction., World War,...
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by Kadohata, Cynthia
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A Junior Library Guild selection
Topics: Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945, Mohave Indians, Indians of North America, Japanese...
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 200-229) and index
Topics: Asian Americans, Aziaten
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by Guterson, David
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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award 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...
Topics: Japanese Americans, Trials (Murder), Journalists
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by Salisbury, Graham
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Originally published: New York : Delacorte Press, 1994
Topics: Pearl Harbor, Attack on (Hawaii : 1941), World War (1939-1945), Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on,...
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"A Bantam starfire book."
Topics: Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki, Manzanar War Relocation Center, Evacuation and relocation of Japanese...
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Reprint. Originally published: Boston : Little, Brown, 1989
Topics: Asian Americans, Asian Americans
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Mode of access: Internet
Topics: Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki, Manzanar War Relocation Center, Japanese Americans, Japanese Americans,...
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Topics: Uchida, Yoshiko, Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945, Japanese Americans
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Racial fear emerges -- War abroad, suspicion at home -- FDR's decision to intern -- Implementing an undemocratic policy -- Covering a retreat -- Equal justice delayed -- President of all the people?
Topics: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945, Japanese Americans, Japanners,...
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"A Mentor book."
Topics: American literature, Asian Americans, American literature, American literature, American...
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by Ronald Takaki
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Topics: World War, 1939-1945 -- United States, Racism -- United States, United States -- Race relations
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by Otsuka, Julie, 1962-
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Topics: Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945, Japanese American families, Concentration camp inmates,...
Bibliography: p. 321-353
Topics: American literature, Asian Americans, Asian Americans in literature, Letterkunde, Aziaten, Literatur
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Originally published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1973
Topics: Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki, Manzanar War Relocation Center, Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945
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by Allende, Isabel,Caistor, Nick, translator,Hopkinson, Amanda, 1948- translator
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"Originally published as El Amante Japonés in 2015 in Spain by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial"--Title page verso
Topics: World War (1939-1945), Older women, Love in old age, World War, 1939-1945, Japanese Americans,...
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Includes bibliography (p. 367-386) and index
Topics: World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945, Racism
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Filmography: p. 336-337
Topics: Japanese Americans, Konzentrationslager, Kriegsverbrechen, Weltkrieg (1939-1945)
xiii, 145 pages ; 18 cm
Topics: Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki, Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki, Manzanar War Relocation Center, Manzanar War...
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Topics: United States. Army. Composite Unit (Provisional), 5307th, World War, 1939-1945
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by Irons, Peter H., 1940-
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"Let's not get rattled" -- "An American citizen is an American citizen" -- "Be as reasonable as you can" -- "Am I an American or not?" -- "We don't intend to trim our sails" -- "We could have you inducted" -- "These cases should be dismissed" -- "The suppression of evidence" -- "Something worthy of the Torah" -- "No longer any military necessity" -- "The printing stopped at about noon"...
Topics: Japanese Americans, Japanese Americans, Américains d'origine japonaise, Américains d'origine...
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Thirteen-year-old Piper Davis records in her diary her experiences beginning in December 1941 when her brother joins the Navy, the United States goes to war, she attempts to document her life through photography, and her father--the pastor for a Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle--follows his congregants to an Idaho internment camp, taking her along with him. Includes historical notes
Topics: Minidoka Relocation Center, Minidoka Relocation Center, World War, 1939-1945, Japanese Americans,...
Source: removed
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 99-105) and index
Topics: Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945, Japanese Americans
Bibliography: p. 156-157
Topics: Japanese Americans, Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945
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by Miyamoto, Kazuo, 1900-
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Topics: Concentration camps, Japanese, Japanese
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Japanese Americans, Japanese Americans
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by Uchida, Yoshiko; Yardley, Joanna, ill
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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
Topics: World War, 1939-1945, Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945, Friendship
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 125-126) and index
Topics: Korematsu, Fred, 1919-, Korematsu, Fred, 1919-, Japanese Americans, Japanese Americans, Japanese...
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 204-205) and index
Topics: United States. Army. Infantry Battalion, 100th, United States. Army. Regimental Combat Team, 442nd,...
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by Yoshida, Jim, 1921-; Hosokawa, Bill
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Topics: Yoshida, Jim, 1921-, Japan. Rikugun, World War, 1939-1945, Japanese Americans, Soldiers
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Topic: Japanese Americans
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by Leathers, Noel L
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Includes index
Topics: Japanese Americans, Japanese Americans
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by Ken Mochizuki
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Topics: Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Juvenile fiction., Baseball --...
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by Savin, Marcia
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The friendship between San Francisco girls Mitzi Fujimoto and Ruthie Fox is changed when World War II begins and Mitzi and her family are forced to go into an internment camp
Topics: World War, 1939-1945, Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945
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by Obata, Chiura; Hill, Kimi Kodani
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 145-146)
Topics: Obata, Chiura, Central Utah Relocation Center, Artists
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by Mochizuki, Ken, 1954-; Lee, Dom, 1959- ill
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Japanese American Donnie, whose playmates insist he be the "bad guy" in their war games, calls on his reluctant father and uncle to help him get away from that role
Topics: Japanese Americans, Japanese Americans
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-211) and index
Topics: Japanese Americans, Immigrants
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by Fukei, Budd
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Japanese Americans, Japanese Americans
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Topics: Fathers and sons -- Fiction, Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Fiction,...
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by Inada, Lawson Fusao
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Topics: Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945, Japanese Americans, Jazz musicians
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xxx, 360 p. : 24 cm
Topics: United States. War Relocation Authority, Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Includes bibliographical references (p. 423-430)
Topics: United States. Supreme Court, Civil rights
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-285) and index
Topics: Asian Americans in motion pictures, Asian Americans in the motion picture industry
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by See, Lisa, author
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"The New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony In Love, Shanghai Girls, and Dreams of Joy returns with her highly anticipated new novel. A bold and bittersweet story of secrets and sacrifice, love and betrayal, prejudice and passion, China Dolls reveals a rich portrait of female friendship, as three young women navigate the "Chop Suey Circuit"--America's extravagant all-Asian revues of the 1930s and '40s--and endure the attack on Pearl Harbor and...
Topics: Female friendship, Chinese American women, Japanese American women, Betrayal, World War, 1939-1945,...
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by Irwin, Hadley
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Despite a warm relationship with her mother, stepfather, and half brother, sixteen-year-old Kim feels the need to find answers about the Japanese American father she never knew
Topics: Identity, Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945, Fathers and daughters, Historical fiction,...
Hearings held Mar. 24, 1941-Sept. 17, 1942, in various cities
Topics: Migrant labor, Migration, Internal
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by Nakano, Mei T. (Mei Takaya), 1924-; Shibata, Grace, 1925-
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-[248]) and index
Topic: Japanese American women
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by Duveneck, Josephine Whitney, 1891-
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Includes index
Topics: Duveneck, Josephine Whitney, 1891-, Quakers
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by Roripaugh, Lee Ann
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Topics: Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.), Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.), Japanese...
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 104-106) and index
Topics: Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945, Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945
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by Mirikitani, Janice
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by Wilson, Robert Arden, 1910-; Hosokawa, Bill
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topic: Japanese Americans
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by Welch, Catherine A
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 45-46) and index
Topics: World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945, Japanese Americans, Japanese Americans, World War,...
Includes bibliographical references (p. [450]-455) and index
Topics: Japanese Americans, World War, 1939-1945, Japanese Americans, Japanners, Evacuatie,...
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by edited by Jeffery Paul Chan ... [et al.].
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Topics: American literature -- Asian American authors, American literature -- Japanese American authors,...
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Topics: Kashiwagi, Hiroshi, 1922-, Japanese Americans, Japanese Americans
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by Masaoka, Mike M. (Mike Masaru), 1915-; Hosokawa, Bill
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Includes index
Topics: Masaoka, Mike M. (Mike Masaru), 1915-, Japanese Americans, Japanese Americans, Lobbyists
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by Kitashima, Tsuyako; Morimoto, Joy K
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 173-174)
Topics: Kitashima, Tsuyako, Central Utah Relocation Center, Japanese Americans
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by Mazer, Harry
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After his father is killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, Adam, his mother, and sister are evacuated from Hawaii to California, where he must deal with his feelings about the war, Japanese internment camps, his father, and his own identity
Topics: Manzanar War Relocation Center, World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945, Japanese Americans
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by Chin, Steven A., 1959-; Tamura, David, illustrator
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Relates the life and experiences of the Japanese American who defied the order of internment during World War II and took his case as far as the Supreme Court
Topics: General, Korematsu, Fred,, Evacuation and relocation, 194, Biography/Autobiography, Children's...
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Topics: Fujita, Frank, 1921-, World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese., World War,...
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 128)
Topics: Japanese American decorative arts, Concentration camp inmates as artists, Japanese Americans
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Ben Ohara is the sole surviving member his family since his father, one of a small group of WWII draft resisters (known as the No-No Boys) during the internment of Japanese Americans, committed suicide when Ben was young and his mother, whose wish to escape the past was as strong as his father's ties to it, has died with her secrets, while now his younger brother, a troubled and brilliant astrophysicist, has mysteriously vanished in the Mojave Desert
Topic: Japanese American families