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Posted November 15, 2010
A forgotten struggle (may contain spoilers)
It shows a racial struggle that is rarely noticed or acknowledged. What we as a country did to the Japanese was a hypocritical crime on humanity. Hypocritical because we were fighting the Nazi's who kept concentration camps of their own (granted no Japanese were killed). What Ichiro did was the right thing to do in his position. If my freedom was stolen by a country that was supposed to be free I would not fight another country to protect a freedom that was already taken away from me. Those Japanese young men were expected to prove that they were true Americans as if they had never truly been American. This is an excellent book by an Asian author (a rarity) that has given me an equally excellent new perspective on society in America. A lot of action happens; Kenji dies, Ichiro's mother dies, Taro runs away, Freddie dies (there's a lot of death). It was easy to read and I found myself picking it up at least a few times a day. And although it was for the most part a rather morbid book it ends in an optimistic light which is crucial for a book to have any positive effect on a reader.The novel in its whole is a good look into the perspective of a man who is an outcast by his country. Although John Okada did actually serve in World War two his perspective is still valid. Why it took so long for these people to be recognized as legitimate protesters instead of criminals I have no idea. Overall an extremely well done book written by a very good author about an interesting issue that is usually overlooked in history.
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Posted January 27, 2005