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Stubborn Twig

Three Generations in the Life of A Japanese American Family
Kessler, Lauren (Book - 2008 )
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Stubborn Twig is a classic American story, a story of immigrants making their way in a new land. It is a living work of social history that rings with the power of truth and the drama of fiction, a moving saga about the challenges of becoming an American. Masuo Yasui traveled from Japan across the other Oregon Trail-the one that spanned the Pacific Ocean-in 1903. Like most immigrants, he came with big dreams and empty pockets. Working on the railroads, in a cannery, and as a houseboy before settling in Hood River, Oregon, he opened a store, raised a large family, and became one of the area's most successful orchardists.As Masuo broke the race barrier in the local business community, his American-born children broke it in school, scouts and sports, excelling in most everything they tried. For the Yasuis' first-born son, the constraints and contradictions of being both Japanese and American led to tragedy. But his seven brothers and sisters prevailed, becoming doctors, lawyers, teachers, and farmers. It was a classic tale of the American dream come true-until December 7, 1941, changed their lives forever. The Yasuis were among the more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry along the West Coast who were forced from their homes and interned in vast inland "relocation camps." Masuo was arrested as a spy and imprisoned for the rest of the war; his family was shamed and broken. Yet the Yasuis endured, as succeeding generations took up the challenge of finding their identity as Americans. Stubborn Twig is their story-a story at once tragic and triumphant, one that bears eloquent witness to both the promise and the peril of America.
Authors: Kessler, Lauren
Title: Stubborn twig
three generations in the life of a Japanese American family
Publisher: Corvallis, OR : Oregon State University Press, c2008
Characteristics: xvi, 308 p. :,ill., ports. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Lauren Kessler ; foreword by Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski
Additional Contributors: Kulongoski, Theodore R.
ISBN: 9780870714177
0870714171
Branch Call Number: B-Ya26k 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references(p. 287-298) and index
Subject Headings: Yasui family Yasui, Masuo Family Japanese Americans Oregon Hood River Biography Japanese Americans Oregon Ethnic identity Japanese Americans Oregon Social conditions Japanese Americans Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Topical Term: Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans
Authors, American
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Stubborn Twig is a classic American story, a story of immigrants making their way in a new land. It is a living work of social history that rings with the power of truth and the drama of fiction, a moving saga about the challenges of becoming an American.

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