Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement

Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement

by Komei Dempster (As Told by)


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ISBN-13: 9781597141420
Publisher: Heyday
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,274,882
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Brian Komei Dempster is a Sansei (third-generation Japanese American). He received BAs in American ethnic studies and English from the University of Washington and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. His poems have been published in various journals and anthologies. Dempster is the editor of From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America's Concentration Camps, which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society. His debut book of poems, Topaz, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in fall 2013. He is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member of Asian Pacific American studies at the University of San Francisco. Currently, he divides his time between teaching and serving as Director of Administration for the master of arts program in Asia Pacific studies.

Table of Contents

Foreword viii

Preface xiv

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction xx

Migration Maps xxvi

Florence Ohmura Dobashi 1

Outside the Fence



A Homecoming of Sorts

Kiku Hori Funabiki 17

The Chair



Park Avenue



Sato Hashizume 31


Our Barrack Room

Making Ends Meet

The Back Room

The Vanport Flood

Return to Jefferson Street


Fumi Manabe Hayashi 57

Leaving Topaz

The Bank Book

1616 Russell Street


Naoko Yoshimura ITO 75


Threads of Remembrance

Florence Miho Nakamura with Kristen Langewisch Marchetti 83

Dust Storms

School in Topaz

Valentine's Day

Return to California

Back to School

Refusing To Be Forgotten

Ruth Y. Okimoto, PH.D. 93

The Diamond Ring

Two Faces (artwork)

We hold these truths to be self-evident... (artwork)

Yoshito Wayne Osaki with Sally Noda Osaici 99

The Tanto

The Stockade in Tule Lake

The Quiet Son

The Elderly Issei Man

The Final Act: Burying the Past

A New View

Cleaning Up

Regaining My Citizenship

Toru Saito 125


From the Fields to Home

The Next Hurdle

The Tray Line

A Country Drive

Without Warning

Voice Lesson

Daisy Uyeda Satoda 143

The Red Coat

410 Austin Alley

Papa's Home-Baked Bread

King Café

Harumi Serata 159

The Desert

Leaving Camp

Letters from Japan

Trick or Treat

Greyhound Bus: 1946

Michi Tashiro 173

The Swing

Train Ride from Amache

The Tent Camp

The Shack

A Real House

July Fourth

Appendix A Lesson Plans 191

Appendix B Overview of Migration: From Incarceration to Release 197

WRA Statistics 199

Migration Chart 200

Bibliography 202

About the Editor 209

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Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Making Home from War" edited by Brian Komei Dempster and written by twelve Japanese American elders is a collection of deeply moving and powerful stories based on personal experiences of exile and resettlement during and after World War 11. The reader gains greater insight and understanding of a time scarcely known in US History.