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Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Familyby Lauren Kessler
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Masuo Yasui saw America as a land of limitless opportunity. Like countless other immigrants, he put down roots, worked hard, and achieved success. In Oregon's Hood River Valley, Yasui achieved as a businessman, an orchardist, and leader of the Japanese American community. With the wife who came across the seas to join him, he raised sons and daughters who became doctors, lawyers, teachers, and farmers. It should have been a classic tale of the American dream come true. But it wasn't.
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Yasuis' lives changed completely and forever. They, along with all West Coast ethnic Japanese, were forced from their homes with only what they could carry and were interned in vast inland "relocation camps." Masuo was shamed and broken, but the family endured as succeeding generations took up the challenge of finding their identity as Americans. Stubborn Twig is their story — a story at once tragic and triumphant, one that bears eloquent witness to both the promise and the peril of America and the meaning of becoming and being an American.
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