During World War II, 110,000 Japanese Americans were removed from their homes and incarcerated by the U.S. government. In Looking After Minidoka the "internment camp" years become a prism for understanding three generations of Japanese American life, from immigration to the end of the twentieth century. Nakadate blends history, poetry, rescued memory, and family stories in an American narrative of hope and disappointment, language and education, employment and social standing, prejudice and pain, communal values and personal dreams.
"This is a compelling story, one that deserves being far better known than it is.... This book is very well written. It is clear, well organized, and rises here and there to a quiet grandeur.... It is much more than a labor of love, for his love is backed by solid industry and intellectual craft." (David Hamilton, author of Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm)
"Looking After Minidoka is an innovative and engaging excursion into buried history-global and personal. A compelling family narrative, peppered with fragments of memory, history, and poetry, this heartfelt memoir underscores the power of the American Dream, as well as how easily fear and intolerance can corrupt it." (Dean Bakopoulos, author of My American Unhappiness)
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