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Looking Like the Enemy (The Young Reader's Edition)

Looking Like the Enemy (The Young Reader's Edition)

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Mary Matsuda is a typical 16-year-old girl living on Vashon Island, Washington with her family. On December 7, 1942, the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, and Mary's life changes forever. Mary and her brother, Yoneichi, are U.S. citizens, but they are imprisoned, along with their parents, in a Japanese-American internment camp. Mary endures an indefinite sentence behind barbed wire in crowded, primitive camps, struggling for survival and dignity. Mary wonders if they will be killed, or if they will one day return to their beloved home and berry farm. The author tells her story with the passion and spirit of a girl trying to make sense of this terrible injustice to her and her family. Mary captures the emotional and psychological essence of what it was like to grow up in the midst of this profound dislocation, questioning her Japanese and her American heritage. Few other books on this subject come close to the emotional power, raw honesty, and moral significance of this memoir. This personal story provides a touchstone for the young student learning about World War II and this difficult chapter in U.S. history.

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ISBN-13: 9780939165582
Publisher: NewSage Press
Publication date: 01/11/2011
Edition description: Special Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 455,773
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Day My Life Changed Forever 1

Chapter 2 Am I American or Japanese? 7

Chapter 3 Being Japanese in America 15

Chapter 4 Burning Our Japanese Treasures 23

Chapter 5 The FBI Searches Our House 30

Chapter 6 Leaving Our Home 35

Chapter 7 Family Number 19788 43

Chapter 8 The First Internment Camp 53

Chapter 9 Moved Again 64

Chapter 10 Last Dance in the Searchlight 72

Chapter 11 Dignity in the Midst of Hardship 77

Chapter 12 Collecting Seashells at Tule Lake 87

Chapter 13 Sharing Stories 92

Chapter 14 Making Friends 98

Chapter 15 Freedom 107

Chapter 16 No No or Yes Yes? 115

Chapter 17 The Great Divide 125

Chapter 18 Heart Mountain Internment Camp 133

Chapter 19 Remembering Twenty Years From Now 143

Chapter 20 Yoneichi Goes to War 152

Chapter 21 Nursing School 158

Chapter 22 Going Our Own Ways 168

Chapter 23 On My Own 175

Chapter 24 Nisei Soldiers 185

Chapter 25 The War Ends 192

Chapter 26 Home Again 196

Chapter 27 Mama-San 207

Chapter 28 Return to Minidoka Internment Camp 215

Afterword 223

Acknowledgments 231

Author Interview 233

Vocabulary Words 239

Glossary of Japanese Words and Phrases 243

Teacher's and Reader's Guide 246

Students' Writing and Research Activities 248

About the Authors 250

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