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Imprisoned Apart: The World War II Correspondence of an Issei Couple (Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies)

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Publisher Comments:

This is the poignant story of a young teacher and his bride who came to Seattle from Japan in 1919 so that he might study English language and literature, and who stayed to make a home. On December 7, 1941, the FBI knocked at the Matsushitas' door and took Iwao away, first to a jail cell at the Seattle Immigration Station and then by special train, windows sealed and guards at the doors, to Montana. He was considered an enemy alien, "potentially dangerous to the public safety", because of his Japanese birth and professional associations. The story of Iwao Matsushita's determination to clear his name and be reunited with his wife, and of Hanaye Matsushita's growing confusion and despair, unfolds in their correspondence, presented here in full. Louis Fiset helps us to read between the lines to understand Hanaye's displacement from everything safe and familiar and Iwao's unfaltering commitment to his adopted country, despite his imprisonment and the ignominy of suspicion of disloyalty.

Book News Annotation:

Correspondence between a Japanese couple separated in different internment camps in the US during WWII reveals the human side of this tragic and shameful episode in US history. Early chapters detail their lives in Japan, their arrival in Seattle in 1919, and their lives in the US up until 1941. Includes b&w photos.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-292) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780295976457
Foreword:
Daniels, Roger
Author:
Daniels, Roger
Author:
Fiset, Louis
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Location:
Seattle :
Subject:
General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Japanese Americans
Subject:
Correspondence
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/WWII
Subject:
Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Subject:
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
Subject:
Matsushita, Iwao
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies Paperback
Series Volume:
v. 1409
Publication Date:
19970231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.11x5.93x.80 in. .89 lbs.

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