Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River by Linda TamuraNisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River by Linda Tamura

Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River

byLinda Tamura

Paperback | September 4, 2012

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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, 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

Linda Tamura is professor of education at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She is the author of The Hood River Issei: An Oral History of Japanese Settlers in Oregon's Hood River Valley.
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Title:Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood RiverFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9 × 5.98 × 0.82 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295992093

ISBN - 13:9780295992099

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsOral History Methodology

Introduction

Part 1 | Early Years1. ?Growing Up in Two Worlds? | Balancing Japanese America2. ?Nice People So Long as They Are in a Minority? | The Japanese American Community in Hood River

Part 2 | World War II3. ?Why Didn?t You Tell Us the War Was Coming?? | Community Fallout from Pearl Harbor4. ?Fighting for Good Uncle Sam? | Nisei Enter the Military5. ?The Two-Sided Sword? | Wartime Changes for Japanese American Families6. ?Getting Shot from Ahead of Us and Behind Us? | War in the South Pacific7. ?From Somewhere in Europe? | War Europe 8. ?I?ve Got a Lot of Fighting to Do Right Here? | Charged with Willful Disobedience9. ?Discard My Uniform for Good? | The End of the War

Part 3 | After the War10. ?No Japes Wanted in Hood River? | The Hood River Situation11. ?Ninety Percent Are Against the Japs!? | Veterans and Their Families Return 12. ?You Could Feel It? | Resettling in the Community and Elsewhere 13. ?Time is a Good Healer? | Rebuilding14. ?Guilty of Courage? | Discipline Barrack Boys? Appeals

Part 4 | Today15. ?Opening the Closets of History? | The Community Today16. No ?Ordinary Soldiers? | The Patriot Test

AfterwordNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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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, 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=hHMcFdmixLkNisei Soldiers Break Their Silence speaks to contemporary concerns about multiculturalism and diversity with an absorbing and powerful story that encompasses both U.S. military and civilian life and strategically links the past with the present in a manner that vivifies what William Faulkner meant when he said that 'the past is not dead, it is not even past.'. - Arthur A. Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton