Last Witnesses: Reflections on the Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans
edited by Erica Harth. Surrounded by barbed wire and held in camps guarded by men with machine guns, over 110,000 Americans of Japanese descent were detained in government-sanctioned camps. Sixty years later, one question remains unresolved: “Could it happen again?” To the writers in this book—novelists, memoirists, poets, activists, scholars, students, professionals—the WWII internment of Japanese Americans in the detention camps is an unfinished chapter of American history that mars the nostalgic glow that often surrounds the WWII home front years. Former internees, and children of detainees and of camp officials join with others in challenging readers to construct a better future by confronting this dark episode from America’s WWII scrapbook.
Includes pieces by Toyo Suyemoto, Mitsuye Yamada, Jeni Yamada, Donna K. Nagata, Steward David Ikeda, Marnie Mueller, George F. Brown, John Y. Tateishi, Patrick S. Hayashi, Robert J. Maeda, Sue Kunitomi Embrey, Erica Harth, Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, Chizu Omori, Valerie Nao Yoshimura, Allan Wesley Austin, and Jason Kohn and Cara Lemon. Paperback: 303 pp. B/w photos.
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