What are the best books about the internment of Japanese Americans?

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    #1Citizen 13660

    Citizen 13660

    Citizen 13660 is the famous book by Mine Okubo, one of 110,000 Japanese Americans sent to internment camps in World War II. The book contains poignant text and 197 ink illustrations about the sorrows of her people inside the camps.


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    Daniel Fox
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "Work World II was a tough time for Japenese-Americans. I wanted to better understand what they went through. Citizen 13660 tell the story first hand and is a great book to learn about the plight of these people."
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    #2The Journal of Ben Uchida

    The Journal of Ben Uchida

    The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559 of Mirror Lake Internment Camp is the diary of a young Japanese American boy who was forced to settle in an internment camp after the U.S. intended to fight the war in the Pacific.


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    María Elena Gil
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This is exactly what I was looking for. It is a fiction work, but it is based entirely on the Japanese internment camps in America. Great book, and right on target (unless you're looking for completely non-fiction)."
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    Weedflower is Cynthia Kadohata's novel about Sumiko, a Japanese American accused of espionage and was sent to an internment camp in World War II, and her rocky friendship with a Mohave boy who hates seeing the camp built on his people's land.


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    Carol Watson
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "I loved this book. At first I thought I wouldn't like it but it turned out to be such an amazing story of a young girl and her journey through war. I definitely recommend this book to other readers especially those who like adventure books because you never get bored reading this one."
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    #4Snow Falling On Cedars

    Snow Falling On Cedars
    The award-winning historical fiction novel Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson revolves around a murder case in small-town America. It recounts what it was like to be Japanese in America after the Second World War.

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    Ajay Jayaraman
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Snow Falling On Cedars was a really awesome read. I found it to be a really nice perspective on how it was to be a Japanese American during the time of the second world war. This book is a page-turner."
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    Tallgrass is Sandra Dallas' novel about Rennie and her town of Tallgrass, where a girl was murdered days after the arrival of Japanese American people in a nearby internment camp.

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    Austin Cole
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "Sandra Dallas brings the sights and sounds of 1940s America to life in this novel. Tallgrass features powerful writing that pays attention to detail while moving the story along at a riveting pace. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys character driven novels with many plot twists. "
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    #6Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is Jamie Ford's novel about Henry, a Chinese American boy who met Keiko, a Japanese American girl who later was sent to an internment camp along with her family.


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    Eduardo Piña
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "What's most appealing about this book about the experience of Asian Americans during WWII is the fact that one gets a deeper understanding of historical events, but also grows to understand contemporary issues. The past shades the present. While a book for adults, the main characters are 12 years-old, and it is refreshing to read about young people with sympathy and depth. "
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    #7Serving Our Country

    Serving Our Country

    Serving Our Country: Japanese American Women in the Military during World War II is Brenda Moore's narration of how the U.S. War Department enlisted 500 Japanese American women to help in the war effort against Japan in World War II.


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    Juan Cruz
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "Serving Our Country is a great to learn about more Japanese people during World War II. Instead of boring stuff that are being taught in history classes, these kinds of books should be recommended for teenagers to read."
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    #8The Buddha in the Attic

    The Buddha in the Attic

    The Buddha in the Attic is Julie Otsuka's novel about a group of young Japanese women brought to San Francisco as picture brides and servants to rich white people.


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    Summer Jiang
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "A lot of people don't really know much about the Internment of Japanese Americans that happened around World War II. Many of the people who were alive at that time have passed on, and history really hasn't been taught to the newer generation. I want to make sure my kids know about this dark part of our nation's history, so I took a look at Julie Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic for our family book collection. It looks like a fantastic book, but not exactly about that part of our history. I might still buy it, but not for that reason."
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    #9Poseidon's Children (Legacy of the Gods)

    Poseidon's Children (Legacy of the Gods)

    Poseidon's Children is book 1 of the Legacy of the Gods series by Michael West. After witnessing a young couple get torn apart, Larry Neuhaus becomes determined to unravel a mystery as old as time together with his new-found friends.


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    Terry Foster
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Poseidon's Children (Legacy of the Gods) tells about a young couple torn apart and a person, Larry Neuhaus determined to unshroud an important mystery. Overall very enlightening but probably not for younger people."
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    #10Farewell to Manzanar

    Farewell to Manzanar

    Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment is a nonfiction history book written by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. This was published in 1972.


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    Jose Cunningham
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Very moving book i was so delved into it that i could not really process all that was going on . Some parts are gripping yet disturbing but i would also so i understand why these parts were written and why there put into certain chapters of the book. "


Best What are the best books about the internment of Japanese Americans
1Citizen 13660Books 39 Paid
2The Journal of Ben UchidaBooks 36 Paid
3WeedflowerBooks 33 Paid
4Snow Falling On CedarsBooks 32 Paid
5TallgrassBooks 30 Paid
6Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetBooks 27 Paid
7Serving Our CountryBooks 25 Paid
8The Buddha in the AtticBooks 24 Paid
9Poseidon's Children (Legacy of the Gods)Books 18 Paid
10Farewell to ManzanarBooks 3 Paid

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