A great number of historical facts and events, along with cultural tidbits, are woven through the pages. What was the most surprising or intriguing piece of information you learned?
Join Date: 10/15/10
Join Date: 04/14/11
Join Date: 02/14/12
I was not aware that Caucasian spouses of Japanese Americans were given the option of living in the internment camps. It had never even entered my realm of thinking that that could be a possibility. What an interesting tightrope to walk...potentially mistrusted and despised by two groups of people. Is would like to read more about those experiences
Join Date: 10/06/11
Probably the most intriguing piece of information I learned from this book was the extent to which Japanese Americans went to demonstrate their loyalty to the U.S., even as they were being removed from their homes, losing their jobs, possessions, and place in their communities, and enduring internment. For example, Lane's decision to serve his country by enlisting in the military was bewildering to me. His sense of honor, duty, and loyalty certainly trumps mine! Catherine
Join Date: 07/16/11
Join Date: 08/11/11
I was surprised that non Japanese were in the camps. Also I was pleased to learn that some of the internees protected a white girl and that some of the guards were caring. In some ways they created a civil society in the camp.
Join Date: 09/14/11
I was most surprised about the Japanese Americans who were conscripted and forced to be soldiers in the War like Eddie Soto. Also as previously stated, the gangs (the Black Dragons) and the non Japanese spouses who joined their Japanese spouses and family in the camps.
Join Date: 04/22/11
I had read before about the internment camps, so I had heard about the non-Japanese spouses and gangs. I was surprised though about the forced conscription as mentioned above. After all we had done the the Japanese Americans and then to force them to serve in the military and, in addition, they were treated there with continued distrust and prejudice. After all that they still served with such loyalty and duty.
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