Picture Bride

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Carrying a photograph of the man she is to marry but has yet to meet, young Hana Omiya arrives in San Francisco, California, in 1917, one of several hundred Japanese "picture brides" whose arranged marriages brought them to America in the early 1900s.

Her story is intertwined with others: her husband, Taro Takeda, an Oakland shopkeeper; Kiku and her husband Henry, who reject demeaning city work to become farmers; Dr. Kaneda, a respected community leader who is destroyed by the ...

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Overview


Carrying a photograph of the man she is to marry but has yet to meet, young Hana Omiya arrives in San Francisco, California, in 1917, one of several hundred Japanese "picture brides" whose arranged marriages brought them to America in the early 1900s.

Her story is intertwined with others: her husband, Taro Takeda, an Oakland shopkeeper; Kiku and her husband Henry, who reject demeaning city work to become farmers; Dr. Kaneda, a respected community leader who is destroyed by the adopted land he loves. All are caught up in the cruel turmoil of World War II, when West Coast Japanese Americans are uprooted from their homes and imprisoned in desert detention camps. Although tragedy strikes each of them, the same strength that brought her to America enable Hana to survive.

"Yoshiko Uchida is the foremost Japanese American woman writer of our time. Picture Bride is a tender, painful, exquisitely written novel...a very serious and important book." - Barry Gifford

"A moving tribute...A rare insight into the hearts and minds of Japanese immigrant women and the important role they played in the establishment and survival of ethnic family and community life in America." - Judy Yung, San Francisco Chronicle

"With insight, pathos, and deep understanding, the author, in her graceful, dignified way, dares to expose Hana as a long-suffering, independent, assertive woman who is frustrated and stifled as she struggles to adjust to a hostile culture that is blind to her sense of values." - Western American Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295976167
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 370,609
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    LOVED THIS BOOK This book was recommended to me by a friend, I a

    LOVED THIS BOOK
    This book was recommended to me by a friend, I am so glad I read it. I knew about this ugly part of American history but this book made it more real and showed how much it affected real human beings. I admire the strength of the Japanese immigrants, especially the women. I loved the end, shows the importance of female friendships for all of us not just Japanese women but for all women. The ending brought happy tears to my eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    I just barely started to read, this was the first book I chose a

    I just barely started to read, this was the first book I chose at the library,  it was a good book. Easy to follow, read, and understand. It is about a young woman who goes threw life in an unfamiliar land; with a constant struggle of racism towards Japanese in America. The only thing I did not enjoy about this book was the jump between time periods.  For example, in one chapter, Hana's daughter was a baby and in the next chapter she was ten years old. Over all, I would recommend this book, especially for beginning readers such as myself. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    Heartfelt

    Picture Bride intertwines two strangers' lives through a mere photograph and goes on to tell of their hardships in American as Japanese immigrants. Heartfelt as it is, tragedy plays a huge role in their lives as well as prejudice and discrimation as they try to find happiness in the mess of WWII.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    Outstanding Book! A Must Read!

    I loved this book! When I first started reading it I thought it was going to be a very boring book. And it turned out to be the very oppisite. I love this book and I think everyone should read it. It made me laugh and cry. (I cried more then I laughed) But over all this is a very good book and its now one of my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2006

    really great...

    I really enjoyed reading PICTURE BRIDE. This was the first time that I had ever read a book from a Japanese-woman's point of view, going into WW2, so I thought it was just wonderful. This book seemed very real and it was a good read. Everyone should read this book:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2004

    good book

    While reading the first few chapters, I found this book not interesting and boring. BUT after reading the entier book i felt that this is one of my favorites. Uchida is a wonderful author. It's very compelling and dramatic to see what many japanese people had to go through in the first years of world war II. Im happy that I read this book and recommended to everybody :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2003

    VERY REALISTIC

    This book was very realistic... maybe too realistic for some... but overall it was a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2003

    A high school reviewer

    This book was a good opening into how the lives of young Japenese girls drastically changed from the land they grew up in, and then bravely goin into a compleatly new world to live a better life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2002

    Just finished reading it!

    I just finished reading 'Picture Bride'. I feel sad when Hana lost her husband, Taro, in the camp. I love the story, and it made me liking history...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    the greatest book i've ever read.

    the picture bride is a great story about a young woman looking to start a new life. she comes to America expecting a different life than she gets. i started reading it and couldn't put it down. the book lets you learn about our history, but at the some time making you want for more. i have to say that everyone should read the book.

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