Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds

Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds Author Pamela Rotner Sakamoto
ISBN-10 006235194X
ISBN-13 9780062351944
Year 2017-01-31
Pages 480
Language English
Publisher Harper Perennial
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Meticulously researched and beautifully written the true story of a Japanese American family that found itself on opposite sides during World War IIan epic tale of family separation divided loyalties love reconciliation loss and redemptionthis is a riveting chronicle of U S Japan relations and the Japanese experience in America After their fathers death Harry Frank and Pierce Fukuharaall born and raised in the Pacific Northwestmoved to Hiroshima their mothers ancestral home Eager to go back to America Harry returned in the late 1930s Then came Pearl Harbor Harry was sent to an internment camp until a call came for Japanese translators and he dutifully volunteered to serve his country Back in Hiroshima his brothers Frank and Pierce became soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army As the war raged on Harry one of the finest bilingual interpreters in the United States Army island hopped across the Pacific moving ever closer to the enemyand to his younger brothers But before the Fukuharas would have to face each other in battle the U S detonated the atomic bomb over Hiroshima gravely injuring tens of thousands of civilians including members of their family Alternating between the American and Japanese perspectives Midnight in Broad Daylight captures the uncertainty and intensity of those charged with the fighting as well as the deteriorating home front of Hiroshimaas never told before in Englishand provides a fresh look at the dropping of the first atomic bomb Intimate and evocative it is an indelible portrait of a resilient family a scathing examination of racism and xenophobia an homage to the tremendous Japanese American contribution to the American war effort and an invaluable addition to the historical record of this extraordinary time

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