Unquiet Nisei: An Oral History of the Life of Sue Kunitomi Embrey

Unquiet Nisei: An Oral History of the Life of Sue Kunitomi Embrey

by Diana Meyers Bahr
     
 

The Unquiet Nisei draws on a collection of oral histories conducted by the author to relate the life story of Sue Kunitomi Embrey, a seminal Japanese-American activist. Diana Meyers Bahr traces Embrey's life from her youth in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles, to her grim experiences in the Manzanar World War II internment camp, and her many decades of

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The Unquiet Nisei draws on a collection of oral histories conducted by the author to relate the life story of Sue Kunitomi Embrey, a seminal Japanese-American activist. Diana Meyers Bahr traces Embrey's life from her youth in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles, to her grim experiences in the Manzanar World War II internment camp, and her many decades of passionate advocacy on behalf of Japanese American internees. Sue spoke out for more than three decades, bringing this dark chapter of American history into the light of congressional acknowledgment and a presidential apology. Illuminating the narrative is Embrey's passion in her resolute campaign to transform the former desolate internment camp into what is today the remarkable Manzanar National Historic Site.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230600676
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/10/2007
Series:
Palgrave Studies in Oral History Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Series Editors' Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Manzanar National Historic Sire: Fulfillment of a Mission 1

1 Growing up in Little Tokyo 11

2 Old Values in a New Home 21

3 A Father's Shadow 27

4 The Impact of the Attack on Pearl Harbor 35

5 Manzanar: Weeping under the Apple Trees 49

6 Manzanar: A Community of Contradictions 61

7 Violence and Desolation 71

8 Go Forth, Seek, and Find 83

9 The Kunitomis, Reunited, Diminished 93

10 Nisei Progressives and Beyond 101

11 The Unquiet Nisei 115

12 The Manzanar Committee 125

13 Redress and Reparations 135

Conclusion: The Legacy of Sue Kunitomi Embrey 147

Afterword 153

App. I 157

App. II 159

Notes 161

Bibliography 179

Index 187

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