Two Homelands

Two Homelands

eBook - 2008
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Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaiì Press, ©2008.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vi, 691 pages)
Additional Contributors: Morris, V. Dixon


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Feb 09, 2014

Two Homelands describes a set of Nisei (2nd generation Japanese emigrants to the US) just before and through the defeat of Japan in WWII including the horrific bombing of Hiroshima. The author brings out the variety of experience and reactions of the Japanese-Americans. The situations described in the story are very interesting This story is well researched though there are a few historically factual errors that are not germane (e.g. claiming that J. Robert Oppenheimer was a German Jew, and that the US soldiers finished all combat at 5 pm in the Pacific). Unfortunately, this book is in desperate need of an editor. The author does not seem to resolve whether or not to write a historical fiction to write a history. In more capable hands the stories would come to life but the dialog seems forced at times and pointless at others. For the historical sections (mostly not related to the Nisei), the author presents a very biased view - albeit understandably so. In my opinion, there remains to be told a great story related to the Nisei experience from the Nisei perspective.

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