From Library Journal
Knaefler utilized interviews published in 1966 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Pearl Harbor to document the stories in Our House Divided . Fifty years ago, Japanese Americans were herded together, virtually imprisoned, and forced by the federal government to forfeit all vestiges of citizenship. Knaefler's family histories reflect the experiences of seven American families of Japanese descent who suffered from anti-Japanese sentiment in the United States. One of her selections, for example, follows the five Yempuku brothers, four of whom left Hawaii for Japan in 1933. Only the eldest, Ralph, remained, and he later served in the American Army during the war. Younger brother Donald relates how, during the surrender proceedings, he saw Ralph, yet could not speak with him. Donald did, however, inform the rest of the family that Ralph was still alive, as they had no word during the war. A solid contribution to our understanding of the ethnic mixture that is America, this is recommended for most libraries.- Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.
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