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Product Details

  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Anthes Press (December 15, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0977488500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977488506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,178,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Helene Gabel Ryan's grandparents were Washington State pioneers. She has specialized in Pacific Northwest history, publishing poetry, articles and short stories. She graduated from Garfield High School and the University of Washington and has lived in the same house in the Wallingford District of Seattle, Washington for over fifty years.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann Evans on June 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
Last night I couldn't stop myself...I finished HAKUJIN, a beautifully told story of the human spirit. The characters all came to life for me. Ryan vividly portrayed so many different characters with just a few simple strokes of her pen...much like a Japanese painting. She makes history come alive in a very pleasant way. A story simply told... a story that needs to be told....this should be required reading in every American school. I LOVED HAKUJIN. I feel as though I know every single character personally. Is that because the book was so well written or because I know people so similar to her character?. I saw myself in Robin and wondered if Robin were Helene. I saw my 87-year-old friend, an Asian-American WWII pilot, in Tadashi. I saw someone I knew in every one of Ryan's characters. She has a genius for story telling. To be able to say so much in so few words is remarkable.

This book only needs a jump start and then word of mouth will get it read. It's a story that must be read. What great discussions an English class, particularly one of young adolescents, could have about war, race, history, decency, family, etc. after reading this book. It is a MUST read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dudley on March 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Ryan's novel really should be required reading for middle-school students in Seattle. "Hakujin" evokes the city's encounter with history during WWII and the sociocultural mix of its population at that time. It focuses on the narrator's friendship with Japanese teenagers leading up to their internment as a result of Roosevelt's infamous Executive Order 9066, but includes as well much about Seattle's ethnic composition and about the changes the city underwent as a result of the war. Anyone interested in Seattle history and in the Japanese-American experience should give "Hakujin" a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By England's own. on July 31, 2014
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Excellent book. Everyone should read it. Prejudice is such a terrible thing. Prejudice in any form. We are indebted to Helene Gabel Ryan that she finished her book in time. When I bought my copy I bought 6 copies and have given them out to friends. People need to know how it was so we can be better in the future....
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