Born in the U. S. A.: A Story of Japanese America: 1889-1947

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This unique oral history presents the Japanese American saga as told by those who lived through it. Frank Chin details the lives of first and second generation Japanese Americans before World War II with a rich kaleidoscope of images drawn from interviews, popular songs, novels, and newspaper articles. The heart of his story is the tragedy that followed the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when Japanese American citizens lost their homes and property and were forced into internment camps. The author deftly weaves ...
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Overview

This unique oral history presents the Japanese American saga as told by those who lived through it. Frank Chin details the lives of first and second generation Japanese Americans before World War II with a rich kaleidoscope of images drawn from interviews, popular songs, novels, and newspaper articles. The heart of his story is the tragedy that followed the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when Japanese American citizens lost their homes and property and were forced into internment camps. The author deftly weaves interviews and testimony from the Japanese American Citizen's League (JACL) with opposing, in-depth conversations with those who resisted the JACL's support for U.S. policy. This shameful episode in American history resonates deeply today as we witness similar erosions of civil rights in the name of wartime security.
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Editorial Reviews

Western American Literature
A monumental documentary. . . . Frank Chin is first and last a master story-teller. Some things cannot be cured by reparations or by apologies from the JACL, but, as Chin demonstrates, the stories can be told with passion and with art.
Choice
This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Asian American studies. Recommended.
Nichi Bei Times
Frank Chin takes what would nornally be a cacophony of voices and carefully melds them into masterful stories.
International Examiner
This is a valuable book.
Anthropology Review Database
Although the main subject presented is wartime internment the interviews and documents provide insight into issues confronted by both first(Issei) and second(Nisei) generation Japanese Americans.
CHOICE
This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Asian American studies. Recommended.
Lane Ryo Hirabayashi
On May 11, 2002, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) apologized to the 'resistors of conscience' who had refused induction while they and their families were confined in American-style concentration camps during World War II. Why? Bursting with passion, Born in the U.S.A. uses insiders' accounts of the resistors' lives to explain their cause and their persecution. This is an indispensable contribution to the literature on Asian America.
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Meet the Author

Frank Chin is a playwright and novelist. He is the author of Donald Duk: A Novel and Gunga Din Highway.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 PART I: The Issei Part 2 PART II: The Nisei Dream Part 3 PART III: December 7, 1941—The Closing Papers Part 4 PART IV: Us and Them Chapter 5 Appendixes
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