Japanese Internment

Updated December 19, 2023
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Adams, Ansel
Torn apart : the internment diary of Mary Kobayashi
Aihoshi, Susan M.
The harsh conditions of an internment camp become a reality for a young Japanese-Canadian girl. It is 1941 and Mary Kobayashi, a Canadian-born Japanese girl enjoys her life in Vancouver. She likes school, she likes her friends, and she yearns above all else to own a bicycle. Although WWII...
Years of sorrow, years of shame : the story of the Japanese Canadians in World War II
Broadfoot, Barry
The Japanese internment
Dooling, Sandra.
The Defining Moments in Canadian History series pairs engaging illustrations with educational text to give readers an inside look at pivotal moments in Canada's history. Readers will be pulled into the setting and gain an indepth understanding of defining events as they read exciting, highinterest...
Altered lives, enduring community : Japanese Americans remember their World War II incarceration
Fugita, Stephen.
Altered Lives, Enduring Community examines the long-term effects on Japanese Americans of their World War II experiences: forced removal from their Pacific Coast homes, incarceration in desolate government camps, and ultimate resettlement. As part of Seattle's Densho: Japanese American...
The eternal spring of Mr. Ito
Garrigue, Sheila.
The Slocan : portrait of a valley
Gordon, Katherine
The Slocan Valley, in the heart of the southern interior of British Columbia, is a slender blue-gold arc of water, pastures, and trees lying in the western shadow of the Selkirk Mountains. Although barely 120 years old in terms of European settlement, the valley has been the amphitheatre in which...
Silver like dust : one family's story of America's Japanese internment
Grant, Kimi Cunningham.
Sipping tea by the fire, preparing sushi for the family, or indulgently listening to her husband tell the same story for the hundredth time, Kimi Grant's grandmother, Obaachan, was a missing link to Kimi's Japanese heritage, something she had had a mixed relationship with all her life. Growing up...
Looking like the enemy : my story of imprisonment in Japanese-American internment camps
Gruenewald, Mary Matsuda
The author at 16 years old was evacuated with her family to an internment camp for Japanese Americans, along with 110,000 other people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast. She faced an indefinite sentence behind barbed wire in crowded, primitive camps. She struggled for survival and...
Snow falling on cedars
Guterson, David.
A “finely wrought, flawlessly written” novel (New York Times Book Review), set on a small island in the Puget Sound, that is “at various moments a courtroom drama, an interracial love story, and a war chronicle” (San Francisco Chronicle). “Guterson has fashioned...
Democratizing the enemy : the Japanese American internment
Hayashi, Brian Masaru
During World War II some 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes and detained in concentration camps in several states. These Japanese Americans lost millions of dollars in property and were forced to live in so-called "assembly centers" surrounded by barbed wire fences...
Japanese Canadian internment in the Second World War
Hickman, Pamela
This book is an illustrated history of the wartime internment of Japanese Canadian residents of British Columbia. At the time when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Japanese Canadians numbered well over 20,000. From the first arrivals in the late nineteenth century, they had taken up work in many...
The View from within : Japanese American art from the internment camps, 1942-1945
Higa, Karin M.
Hatsumi one grandmother's journey through the Japanese Canadian internment
Hope, Chris
Farewell to Manzanar : a true story of Japanese American experience during and after the World War II internment
Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki.
"During World War ll a community called Manzanar was hastily created in the high mountain desert country of California, east of the Sierras. Its purpose was to house thousands of Japanese Amarican internees. One of the first familles to arrive was the Wakatsukis, who were ordered to leave their...
Itani, Frances
Bin Okuma, a celebrated visual artist, has recently and quite suddenly lost his wife, Lena. He and his son, Greg, are left to deal with the shock. But Greg has returned to his studies on the East Coast, and Bin finds himself alone and pulled into memories he has avoided for much of his life. In...
The emperor's orphans
Ito, Sally
During the Second World War, approximately 4,000 Japanese-Canadians were "repatriated" to Japan. Among those Canadians sent back to were members of author and poet, Sally Ito's family. As a Japanese Canadian child growing up in the suburbs of Edmonton, Alberta, Ito's early life was a lone island...
Citizen internees : a second look at race and citizenship in Japanese American internment camps
Ivey, Linda L.
Through a new collection of primary documents about Japanese internment during World War II, this book enables a broader understanding of the injustice experienced by displaced people within the United States in the 20th century. In the 1940s, Japanese and Japanese American...
Why Japan matters!
Japan Studies Association of Canada. Conference
Uprooted again : Japanese Canadians move to Japan after World War II
Kage, Tatsuo
Judgment without trial : Japanese American imprisonment during World War II
Kashima, Tetsuden
2004 Washington State Book Award FinalistJudgment without Trial reveals that long before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government began making plans for the eventual internment and later incarceration of the Japanese American population. Tetsuden Kashima uses newly obtained...
This is my own letters to Wes & other writings on Japanese Canadians, 1941-1948
Kitagawa, Muriel
Letters written during the uprooting and forced relocation of the Japanese-Canadian community in late 1941.
Beyond loyalty : the story of a Kibei
Kiyota, Minoru
Beyond Loyalty is the powerful and inspiring story of a young man whose life and education were rudely disrupted by the U.S. government's imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. A high school student when interned in 1942, Minoru Kiyota was so infuriated by his treatment during an...
Emily Kato
Kogawa, Joy.
On the 60th anniversary of the bombing that claimed Naomi's young mother in Obasan, Joy Kogawa revisits her second novel--Itsuka--now retitled Emily Kato In Obasan, Naomi's childhood was torn apart by Canada's betrayal of Japanese Canadian citizens during the 1940s....
Kogawa, Joy.
Naomi's road
Kogawa, Joy.
Based on the award-winning novel Obasan, Naomi's Road describes an often-forgotten episode in Canadian history. It tells the story of Naomi Nakane -- a little girl with "black hair and lovely Japanese eyes and a face like a valentine" -- and her Japanese-Canadian family during the 1940s, when Canada...
Naomi's tree
Kogawa, Joy.
On the Guelph Mercury's 10 best Children's Books of 2008 list Golden Oak nominee, 2009 On Resource Link's "Best of 2008" List CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award shortlist, 2009 Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009 A young couple leaves...
Kogawa, Joy.
A moving vision of an affront to democratic principles... A tour de force, a deeply felt novel, brilliantly poetic in its sensibility' - New York Times'
Impounded : Dorothea Lange and the censored images of Japanese American internment
Lange, Dorothea.
This indelible work of visual and social history confirms Dorothea Lange's stature as one of the twentieth century's greatest American photographers. Presenting 119 images originally censored by the U.S. Army--the majority of which have never been published--Impounded evokes the horror of a...
Justice in our time : the Japanese Canadian redress settlement
Miki, Roy.
From 1942 to 1949, a group of innocent Canadians were uprooted from their homes and businesses on the west coast, dispossessed, and forced to disperse across Canada, merely on the basis of their Japanese ancestry. Some 4,000 were even exiled to wartorn Japan. These injustices...
Redress : inside the Japanese Canadian call for justice
Miki, Roy.
This passionate and important book-part memoir, part critical examination-explores the Japanese Canadian redress movement of the late 20th century, which sought compensation from the federal government for the internment of citizens of Japanese descent during World War II.Governor General's Award...
Baseball saved us
Mochizuki, Ken
Twenty-five years ago, Baseball Saved Us changed the picture-book landscape with its honest story of a Japanese American boy in an internment camp during World War II. This anniversary edition will introduce new readers to this modern-day classic. One day my dad looked out...
Ganbaru : the Murakami family of Salt Spring Island
Murakami, Rose
Historical memories of the Japanese American internment and the struggle for redress
Murray, Alice Yang.
This book analyzes how the politics of memory and history affected representations of the World War II internment of Japanese Americans during the last six decades. It compares attempts by government officials, internees, academics, and activists to control interpretations of internment causes...
Within the barbed wire fence : a Japanese man's account of internment in Canada
Nakano, Ujō.
Strawberry days : how internment destroyed a Japanese American community
Neiwert, David A.
Strawberry Daystells the vivid and moving tale of the creation and destruction of a Japanese immigrant community. Before World War II, Bellevue, the now-booming "edge city" on the outskirts of Seattle, was a prosperous farm town renowned for its strawberries. Many of its farmers were...
Japanese American internment during World War II : a history and reference guide
Ng, Wendy L.
The internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II is one of the most shameful episodes in American history. This history and reference guide will help students and other interested readers to understand the history of this action and its reinterpretation in recent years, but...
Stone voices : wartime writings of Japanese Canadian Issei
Ōiwa, Keibō.
With the bombing of Pearl Harbour in December 1941, all persons of Japanese descent were declared 'enemy aliens.' Their assets were seized and most of the Japanese Canadian population was relocated or sent to internment camps. Stone Voices is a selection of memoirs, diaries, and letters written...
No-no boy
Okada, John.
"No-No Boy has the honor of being among the first of what has become an entire literary canon of Asian American literature,? writes novelist Ruth Ozeki in her new foreword. First published in 1957, No-No Boy was virtually ignored by a public eager to put World War II and the...
The reunion
Pearce, Jacqueline
Shannon is excited about spending a week at her friend Rina's house, but she's a little nervous too. Rina seems to be able to do everything better than she can and her home is chaotic compared to Shannon's own. When things fall apart, Rina's grandmother is there to tell them a story from her past,...
Infamy : the shocking story of the Japanese American internment in World War II
Reeves, Richard
A LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER * A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITOR'S CHOICE * Bestselling author Richard Reeves provides an authoritative account of the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese aliens during World War II Less than three...
A tragedy of democracy : Japanese confinement in North America
Robinson, Greg
The confinement of some 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II, often called the Japanese American internment, has been described as the worst official civil rights violation of modern U. S. history. Greg Robinson not only offers a bold new understanding of these events but also studies them...
Midnight in broad daylight : a Japanese American family caught between two worlds
Sakamoto, Pamela Rotner
Meticulously researched and beautifully written, the true story of a Japanese American family that found itself on opposite sides during World War II--an epic tale of family, separation, divided loyalties, love, reconciliation, loss, and redemption--this is a riveting chronicle of U.S.-Japan...
Images of internment : a bitter-sweet memoir in words and images : life in the New Denver Internment Camp, 1942-1946
Shimizu, Henry
Witness to loss : race, culpability, and memory in the dispossession of Japanese Canadians
Sugiman, Pamela H.
When the federal government uprooted and interned Japanese Canadians en masse in 1942, Kishizo Kimura saw his life upended along with tens of thousands of others. But his story is also unique: as a member of two controversial committees that oversaw the forced sale of the property of Japanese...
The politics of racism : the uprooting of Japanese Canadians during the second world war
Sunahara, Ann Gomer
The Politics of Racism is the first book to fully document the politics behind the 1942 expulsion order that saw 20,000 Japanese Canadians evicted from their homes in British Columbia and sent inland to work camps, detention centres and farms in Alberta and Manitoba.  The book details the...
A child in prison camp
Takashima, Shizuye.
A black mark : the Japanese-Canadians in World War II
Taylor, Mary
Trottier, Maxine.
I will take care of your garden, Mr. hiroshi," I offered. He smiled. "That would give me great comfort, Mary," he said. "The koi are greedy, you know. Do not let them get fat." We watched the bus drive away. For Mary, too young to fully understand about war and far-off...
The bracelet
Uchida, Yoshiko.
In 1942, during the war with Japan, a Japanese-American girl must leave her home. She receives a good-bye gift from her best friend, but loses it at her new home. Emi is afraid that without the bracelet Laurie will disappear from her mind forever. Warm watercolor paintings beautifully complement...
Caged eagles
Walters, Eric
When Canada went to war with Japan following the bombing of Pearl Harbour, Canadians of Japanese descent were declared "Enemy Aliens." Without recourse of any kind, they were forced to leave their homes along with the British Columbia coast, their possessions were sold, and their rights as citizens...
The three pleasures : Kuroshio
Watada, Terry
2017 Foreword INDIES Finalist (Historical, Adult Fiction).1940s Vancouver. The Japanese have just bombed Pearl Harbour and racial tension is building in Vancouver. The RCMP are rounding up "suspicious" young men, and fishing boats and property are soon seized from Steveston fishers; internment camps...
The return of a shadow
Yamagishi, Kunio
Eizo Osada had his shadow, always there inside his head, ready, unbidden, to announce itself. And it did; criticising, asking awkward questions, prompting. It had been there since he left Japan for Canada over forty years ago. He had left his wife and three young sons, one of them only two years old...
Letters to memory
Yamashita, Karen Tei
Praise for Karen Tei Yamashita: "It's a stylistically wild ride, but it's smart, funny and entrancing." --NPR "Fluid and poetic as well as terrifying." --New York Times Book Review With delightful plays of voice and structure, this is literary fiction at...

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