Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence is a compelling story of courage, community, endurance, and reparation. It shares the experiences of Japanese Americans (Nisei) who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting on the front lines in Italy and France, serving as linguists in the South Pacific, and working as cooks and medics. The soldiers were from Hood River, OreNisei Soldiers Break Their Silence is a compelling story of courage, community, endurance, and reparation. It shares the experiences of Japanese Americans (Nisei) who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting on the front lines in Italy and France, serving as linguists in the South Pacific, and working as cooks and medics. The soldiers were from Hood River, Oregon, where their families were landowners and fruit growers. Town leaders, including veterans' groups, attempted to prevent their return after the war and stripped their names from the local war memorial. All of the soldiers were American citizens, but their parents were Japanese immigrants and had been imprisoned in camps as a consequence of Executive Order 9066. The racist homecoming that the Hood River Japanese American soldiers received was decried across the nation.Linda Tamura, who grew up in Hood River and whose father was a veteran of the war, conducted extensive oral histories with the veterans, their families, and members of the community. She had access to hundreds of recently uncovered letters and documents from private files of a local veterans' group that led the campaign against the Japanese American soldiers. This book also includes the little known story of local Nisei veterans who spent 40 years appealing their convictions for insubordination.Watch the book trailer: http: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHMcFdmixLk...
|Title||:||Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River|
|Number of Pages||:||346 Pages|
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Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River Reviews
Strong research based study of how Japanese Americans contributed to WWII and their lives in Oregon. follows the lives of several men to weave together an interesting story.
Local author, Linda Tamura excellently documented and compiled interviews, news clippings, and historical accounts of the oppression Nisei Oregonians and their families faced in the military, U.S. concentration camps and in their hometowns. Had to frequently put the book down and take a breather due to all the racist attacks documented and high amount of information presented. Tamura interviews local Hood River citizens, which makes the book a great local history book, but she also provides an informative overview of relations between the U.S. government, white citizens and Japanese Americans during WWII. Written in an engaging way, not too dry.
Having lived in Oregon for awhile and experiencing civility and open-minded thinking, I found this part of Oregon's history to be quite a surprise. I have read a number of books about the Japanese-American concentration camp experiences, my own family having been victims of this prejudice, it was very interesting to read about the assimilation in Hood River after the war. I know times were hard, but they were extremely difficult! Linda Tamura, a wonderful quiet, and unassuming speaker, did a wonderful job with nonfiction writing and telling amazing stories of her relatives and friends in Hood River. Thank you for providing such valuable information and education.
A very informative book that makes this painful period in Hood River's history even more shameful.
A slightly dry but very interesting look at what Japanese-American soldiers and their families experienced during WWII. Definitely worth the time spent reading it.
Meticulous, interesting, gave me a new perspective and deeper understanding of this slice of history.