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Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds

Pamela Rotner Sakamoto
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780062351937, 0062351931
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Summary
"'Meticulously researched and beautifully written, the true story of a Japanese American family that found itself on opposite sides during World War II--an epic tale of family, separation, divided loyalties, love, reconciliation, loss, and redemption this is a riveting chronicle of U.S.-Japan relations and the Japanese experience in America. After their father's death, Harry, Frank, and Pierce Fukuhara-- all born and raised in the Pacific Northwest-- moved to Hiroshima, their mother's ancestral home. Eager to go back to America, Harry returned in the late 1930s. Then came Pearl Harbor. Harry was sent to an internment camp until a call came for Japanese translators and he dutifully volunteered to serve his country. Back in Hiroshima, his brothers Frank and Pierce became soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army. As the war raged on, Harry, one of the finest bilingual interpreters in the United States Army, island-hopped across the Pacific, moving ever closer to the enemy-- and to his younger brothers. But before the Fukuharas would have to face each other in battle, the U.S. detonated the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, gravely injuring tens of thousands of civilians, including members of their family. Alternating between the American and Japanese perspectives, Midnight in Broad Daylight captures the uncertainty and intensity of those charged with the fighting as well as the deteriorating home front of Hiroshima-- as never seen before in English-- and provides a fresh look at the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Intimate and evocative, it is an indelible portrait of a resilient family, a scathing examination of racism and xenophobia, an homage to the tremendous Japanese American contribution to the American war effort, and an invaluable addition to the historical record of this extraordinary time; ''Mother, I am Katsuharu. I have come home.' By the time the reader arrives at this simple, Odysseus-like declaration, she will have been tossed and transported through one of the most wrenching, inspirational-- and until now unknown-- true epics of World War II. Pamela Rotner Sakamoto, in her luminous, magisterial re-assembling of the lives of two Japanese brothers who found themselves on opposite sides of the great conflict, has helped shape and set the standard for a vital and necessary new genre: trans-Pacific literature. Her readers will want more'--Ron Powers, Pulitzer Prize Winner and author of Mark Twain : A Life"--
Contents
  • Shockwave
  • American born, bicultural bred. At home in Auburn ; Hiroshima sojourn ; Growing pains ; The Great Depression ; Ivory bones and leaden ashes
  • Adrift in two countries. Land of the Rising Sun ; A sorrowful homecoming ; Hazing in Hiroshima ; Panic in Los Angeles ; Silence from Glendale to Hiroshima
  • The War on the home fronts. Incarcerated in California ; The Empire's home front ; Arizona Sandstorms ; A balmy winter in Minnesota ; Mary's North Star ; Rations and spies in Hiroshima
  • The War in the Pacific Theater. Suspicious from the Start ; To the front with a typewriter ; No season for cherry blossoms ; Taking New Guinea ; Pierce's stay of execution
  • Doomsday overture. A stunning encounter in Sarmi ; Glacial change in the jungle ; The "red paper" draft ; Extremes in the Philippines ; Brothers at war ; The atomic bomb
  • The aftermath. Bittersweet reunion ; A troubling letter ; Peace and redemption
  • At ease in Honolulu.
Description
xvi, 444 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages [373]-422) and index.
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