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This tragic tale of Japanese mail-order brides sent to America unfolds with delicate, poetic precision, writes Elizabeth Day

Japanese picture brides.

Congressional committee members examine passports of Japanese picture brides at the immigration station of Angel Island, Calif.

Angel Island Immigration Station, California is where many Pacific Islanders and…

Can't get over how great that book was. Unique, multiple first-person perspective speaks the minds of a generation without shame or regret. It tells the underbelly of the American Dream, through the eyes of foreign women.

Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment.

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Removal of Japanese Americans from Los Angeles to internment camps,

Japanese American Internment in World War 2 - The Free Information Society

People of Japanese ancestry arriving at Tanforan Assembly Center, a former racetrack in San Bruno, California. By Dorothea Lange, Photographer for the War Relocation Authority.

Heard the NPR interview with the author this morning.  I must read this book ASAP.  Fascinating subject following Japanese mail order brides from the turn of the century to WWII Internment camps.

Novelist Julie Otsuka talks about her new novel which tells the amazing story of the Japanese picture brides coming to America.

37 Books Every Creative Person Needs To Read | Really want to get my hands on some of these. Especially "On Writing."

37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading - "Making things can be hard. Here are some books to inspire and invigorate you.

Immigrant Family arrives at Angel Island

Help the Angel Island Immigration Station tell one of the many immigration stories that took place in America.

'For Us It Was Heaven': The Passion, Grief and Fortitude of Patience Darton by Angela Jackson

'For Us It Was Heaven': The Passion, Grief and Fortitude of Patience Darton by Angela Jackson

The Okanagan people, also spelled Okanogan, are First Nations and Native American people whose traditional territory spans the U.S.-Canada boundary in Washington state and British Columbia

Standing L-R: Marriette Abel, Celestine Louis, Joe Abel, Tommy Gregoire Sitting: Millie Williams with Mary Abel - Okanagan - circa 1918

"The Tale of Osato" 87 years ago, Japanese American writer Shōson Nagahara serialized a novel in the pages of the Rafu Shimpo—a Japanese American newspaper, which first started in Little Tokyo in 1903. Now, for the first time ever, translated into English by Andrew Leong and published by Kaya Press, the Rafu Shimpo will once again serialize Nagahara’s work that follow the life of Osato-San, a young Japanese woman who makes the treacherous journey to America and struggles to survive in 1920s…

'The Tale of Osato' Serialized Again in the Rafu Shimpo

Group of Japanese women standing in a line on an immigration ship circa 1925. Photo Source: California State Parks, State Museum Resource Center

Angel Island: Japanese Picture Brides   The 1900 Census indicates that only 410 of Japanese were female. From 1908 to Japanese women continued to immigrate to the United States, many as "picture brides."  Japanese Picture B

One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-The-World Journey with Our Children, http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0684836017/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_awd_lr1psb1YR54RC

One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children by David Elliot Cohen