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Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a…

Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family (1982)

by Yoshiko Uchida

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Desert Exile is an autobiography of Yoshiko Uchida’s life growing up as a Japanese-American during World War II. It includes pictures of her family and her life in the internment camp. However, it is not just her life that she is telling but the lives of her parents and grandparents; she also mentions the hardship that they had to go through. Uchida gives a review of American war policy during World War II from the Japanese-American point of view and a sociological study of human beings imprisoned under primitive conditions. She uses her family to set up the stage for these events.
This book is appropriate for students in third grade and up because it is an easy read with real-life pictures to look at. It also contains a lot of vocabulary that students are familiar with.
  sosandra | Apr 1, 2010 |
Purchased for my California history class, this is not the first book I've read on this embarrassing time in American history. Very quick read, not scholarly but with some nice photographs, and the stories are heartwarming.

I got the feeling that this was the perfect family, on and on and on I got that feeling. Maybe this was written for a younger crowd, I was disappointed that it has been assigned for a college class.

I did learn that Hawaii was not evacuated of its Japanese citizens and non-citizens, wonder why it didn't happen there? Maybe because they make up too big percentage of population?

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In memory of my mother and father and all the Issei who were strong and of good courage.
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Whenever I am in the neighborhood, I find myself drawn back to Stuart Street, to drive once more past the stucco bungalow just above Grove, where my older sister, Keiko, and I grew up.
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