Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly:
By Monica Sone
University of Washington Press, 2014
Growing up in Seattle in the 1920s and 1930s, Monica Sone constantly battled with her Japanese heritage and her American home. From the time she was 5 and told by her parents that she and her older brother Henry would be going to Japanese school during weekday evenings, she always felt that she was from two worlds.
Whether she is being humiliated at a parent-teacher meeting due to her mother’s ignorance regarding Western expressions and idioms or trying to contain her emotions and personality while visiting relatives in Japan, “Nisei Daughter” is the story of how Sone grows up feeling both not enough and too much for both cultures.
And then the United States enters World War II after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. All of Sone’s inner-cultural clashing is magnified as she, her family, and their fellow Japanese Americans are evacuated to the internment camps.
Throughout her life, Sone faces racism as a Nisei – second-generation – daughter in the United States. And while she expresses her anger and bitterness at the time, she moves on from these incidents and focuses on what is important to her – the relationships she has with her family and friends.
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