[Pdf Kindle] The Invisible Thread: An Autobiography
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Philadelphia and her sister joined her for the summer At last they were able to rent a larger place and send for their parents and the family is reunited once I bought this book to use with a Japanese 19 year old woman who is strengthening her English with me We will study chapters and discuss them It is not very difficult reading I picked up this book by accident while looking for AN invisible thread but I m glad I did Even though it s a children s book it took me a surprisingly long time to get through it The beginning was pretty mundane and almost annoying as you read about a typical American childhood in California in the 20sbut once you got 1941 IT COMPLETELY CHANGED READING A FIRST completely changed Reading a first account of an American born child learning to exist in a concentration camp simply for being Japanese is heartbreaking The fact that the government could believe that an entire ethnicity could share a consciousness and deserved to be punished for it is incomprehensible To go even further and to ask those prisoners to fight for the country that enslaved them is even reprehensibleI was surprised to learn how much of a community they were able to create in abominable conditions the attempt to eep school and recreation going amidst all the craziness is commendable And I had no idea Asians were denied the opportunity to become citizens back then it really opens your eyes to the xenophobia that has always existed here The most illuminating thing however is how long it took us to realize we were wrong Too late for Yoshiko s parents to benefit from the apology and reparations but not too late for us to ensure something like this never happens to anyone again It s an important read for anyone who uneuivocally thinks America is infallibly great Our greatness comes from learning from our mistakes not repeating them Perhaps a book Drumpf should reador have Melania read to him This book was interesting though after reading it I m not sure I m interesting in looking into reading any of Yoshiko Uchida s fiction She has sort of a distant impersonal way of writing that made it hard
To Get Into Her Storyget into her story though it was fascinating And as terrible as this sounds her autobiography gets much interesting when she relates her experiences living in internment camps This is mainly because in true memoir fashion the first half of the book is very fragmented and non linear But something about the way she writes her story maybe the fact that she doesn t record her emotions or how she feelsthinks about things turned me off Which is weird because her story is about one of the most traumat A true story of a Japanese American family and their interment in a Nevada concentration camp A part of our history that we should all be aware of Just a fabulous book about the Japanese American experience before and during WWII Highly recommend it as a read aloud book with a preteen In order to discuss it Also love that my great grandparents the Okubos were mentioned I remember meeting the author when I was a young adult and being awed by her grac. Y looked like the enemy Yoshiko Uchida grew up to be an award winning author This memoir of her childhood gives a personal account of a shameful episode in American histor. ,
D get the respect and life that she should have had all along An eye opening read It is important to read first hand accounts of our history This is one such book that tells of the experiences of being Japanese American during WWII This book as the title suggests is about realizing and celebrating one s second generation immigrant experience In Yoshiko s case growing up in the Bay Area of California as a normal American girl pre WWII and in time connecting to and valuing her Japanese heritage I found it interesting especially the supportive communities that help families and individuals survive and thriveHer parents born in Japan came to America through their attendance at Doshisha University in Japan and the Uchida family is active in the Japanese Christian community in California with lots of visiting Japanese students guests at family meals Takashi and Iku a businessman and housewife try to eep many Japanese traditions and speaking the language alive for Yoshiko and her older sister Keiko Kay The family makes two trips back to Japan in her early years but she is still focused on being an American and misses much The family back in Berkeley has warm relations with their European immigrant neighbors and the Americans around themOf course the
attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor disrupts this uiet simple life The family and theirby Japan on Pearl Harbor disrupts this uiet simple life The family and their first generation immigrant friends can t believe it s true First the father is abruptly arrested and sent to Montana After an anxious period Yoshiko her sister and mother must pack up their home and prepare for transport off the West CoastThe last half of the book chronicles the internment camp experience First they are transported by rail to the Tanforan Racetrack where their family is assigned an old horse stall home Before long the father rejoins them and both girls become teachers of children in makeshift schools Still they are prisoners without civil rights isolated from the rest of American life and eat rationed food in the rest of American life and eat rationed food in mess hall This life becomes almost bearable but they are uprooted once and sent to Topaz Utah a dusty desert with inadeuate water barren barracks extreme weather and dust storms Again the two sisters begin teaching and the father takes leadership in the community It is now early spring of 1943 and The internees are growing restless and some are turning violent and threatening Young men are being recruited to fight in the US Army and to clear the camp and defuse the situation others are given the option to leave if they can find situations through the National Japanese Student Relocation Council First Kay gets a job offer in May at Mt Holyoke College Dept of Education s Nursery School in Massachusetts then Yoshiko is offered a full graduate fellowship at Education Dept of Smith College Though they hate to leave their parents they are eager to escape the unnatural confinement of the camp Yoshi graduates Smith in May 1944 with a master s degree and her parents are able to move to Salt Lake City She was offered a teaching job in Frankford outside of. T Japan Along with all the other Japanese Americans on the West Coast Yoshi's family were rounded up and imprisoned in a crowded badly built camp in the desert because the. .