Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds

Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds

by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062351944
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 155,624
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Pamela Rotner Sakamoto is an  American historian. Fluent in Japanese, she lived in Kyoto and Tokyo for seventeen years. She works as an expert consultant on Japan-related projects for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and has taught in the University of Hawaii system. She is on the faculty at Punahou School in Honolulu.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii

Prologue: Shockwave 1

Part I American Born, Bicultural Bred

1 At Home in Auburn 9

2 Hiroshima Sojourn 24

3 Growing Pains 35

4 The Great Depression 45

5 Ivory Bones and Leaden Ashes 54

Part II Adrift in Two Countries

6 Land of the Rising Sun 67

7 A Sorrowful Homecoming 90

8 Hazing in Hiroshima 102

9 Panic In Los Angeles 119

10 Silence from Glendale to Hiroshima 137

Part III The War on the Home Fronts

11 Incarcerated in California 151

12 The Empire's Home Front 162

13 Arizona Sandstorms 169

14 A Balmy Winter in Minnesota 183

15 Mary's North Star 193

16 Rations and Spies in Hiroshima 201

Part IV The War in the Pacific Theater

17 Suspicious from the Start 211

18 To the Front with a Typewriter 219

19 No Season for Cherry Blossoms 227

20 Taking New Guinea 231

21 Pierce's Stay of Execution 238

Part V Dooms Day Overture

22 A Stunning Encounter in Sarmi 243

23 Glacial Change in the Jungle 255

24 The "Red Paper" Draft 262

25 Extremes in the Philippines 272

26 Brothers at War 282

27 The Atomic Bomb 296

Part VI The Aftermath

28 Bittersweet Reunion 315

29 A Troubling Letter 333

30 Peace and Redemption 341

Epilogue: At Ease in Honolulu 355

Acknowledgments 359

Glossary 365

Notes 373

Selected Bibliography 413

Index 423

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Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book sharing the true story of a family caught on both sides of WWII. Unforgettable.
another_book_lover More than 1 year ago
This remarkable book about a family caught between two worlds during WWII is one that you will remember. The true story about the Fukuhara family reads like a novel. With great care and love, the author shares their rich story involving Japanese immigrants navigating a new culture in America, the return of of some of them to Japan while others face living in an internment camp, the hardships of war on different sides of the conflict, and the love and ties of a family throughout it all. The details are fascinating, moving and inspiring. You will linger over the family’s photos included in the book, wanting to keep the Fukuharas with you after you are done. This is a book to savor, treasure and remember.
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