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Looking Like the Enemy:

My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps

Paperback (240 pages), kindle
At 16, she faced an indefinite sentence behind barbed wire along with her family and 110,000 others of Japanese ancestry and had to struggle for survival and dignity.

Looking Like the Enemy:

The author at 16 years old was evacuated with her family to an internment camp for Japanese Americans, along with 110,000 other people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast. She faced an indefinite sentence behind barbed wire in crowded, primitive camps. She struggled for survival and dignity, and endured psychological scarring that has lasted a lifetime.

This memoir is told from the heart and mind of a woman now nearly 80 years old who experienced the challenges and wounds of her internment at a crucial point in her development as a young adult. She brings passion and spirit to her story. Like "The Diary of Anne Frank," this memoir superbly captures the emotional and psychological essence of what it was like to grow up in the midst of this profound dislocation and injustice in the U.S. Few other books on this subject come close to the emotional power and moral significance of this memoir.

In the end,the reader is buoyed by what Mary learns from her experiences and what she is able to do with her life. In 2005 she becomes one more Nissei who breaks her silence.

Internment during WWII

Related Scanning WWII links...

  • 12 May 40: UK begins internment of German civilians
  • 14 Jan 42: Japanese-Canadians ordered to vacate BC
  • 14 Jan 42: FDR orders all aliens to register with government
  • 19 Feb 42: FDR signs Executive Order 9066
  • 02 Mar 42: Gen DeWitt issues Public Proclamation No 1
  • 11 Mar 42: Office of the Alien Property Custodian created
  • 18 Mar 42: FDR signs EO 9102, establishing WRA
  • 24 Mar 42: First Japanese-Americans ordered to prepare for removal
  • 27 Mar 42: "Voluntary evacuation" ends, curfew imposed
  • 07 Apr 42: WRA & 10 states discuss internment alternatives, but fail
  • 14 Jan 44: Draft restored for Japanese-American Nisei
  • 02 Jan 45: All exclusion orders are rescinded entirely
  • 20 Mar 46: Last of the Japanese-American internment camps closed

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