Stubborn Twig Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family

ISBN-10: 0870714171

ISBN-13: 9780870714177

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lauren Kessler

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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 Trailthe one that spanned the Pacific Oceanin 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 areas 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 trueuntil 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 storya story at once tragic and triumphant, one that bears eloquent witness to both the promise and the peril of America.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: Oregon State University Press
Publication date: 8/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Lauren Kessler is professor and director of the Multimedia Journalism Master's Program at the University of Oregon as well as a national speaker, workshop leader, and founder and editor of ETUDE, the online magazine of narrative nonfiction. In addition, she is the author of three textbooks and seven works of narrative nonfiction, including MY TEENAGE WEREWOLF: A MOTHER, A DAUGHTER, A JOURNEY THROUGH THE THICKETS OF ADOLESCENCE, Pacific Northwest Book Award winner DANCING WITH ROSE (published in paperback as FINDING LIFE IN THE LAND OF ALZHEIMER'S), WASHINGTON POST bestseller CLEVER GIRL and LOS ANGELES TIMES bestseller THE HAPPY BOTTOM RIDING CLUB--which David Letterman, in fierce competition with Oprah, chose as the first (and only) book for the Dave Letterman Book Club. She appeared twice on his late-night show. She is also the author of Oregon Book Award winner STUBBORN TWIG, which was chosen as the book for all Oregon to read in honor of the state's 2009 sesquicentennial. Dr. Kessler's journalism has appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, LOS ANGELES TIMES MAGAZINE, O magazine, UTNE READER, THE NATION, newsweek.com and salon.com. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Dr. Kessler blogs at www.myteenagewerewolf.com.Find out more at www.laurenkessler.com

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Issei: The First Generation
Spacious Dreams
Paradise
Roots Sunk Deep
The Yellow Scourge
Mat Yasui, Cottage Industry
Paradise Lost
Nisei: The Second Generation
A Shadow Across the Canvas
The Overachievers
Oriental Jailbird
A Viper Is a Viper
Behind Barbed Wire
Homecoming
Two Hundred Percent American
Sansei: The Third Generation
Willow Flat
The Past Is Prologue
Interview with Homer Yasui
Reading Group Questions
Sources
Index
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