Category Archives: World War II

The True Cost

Several months ago, I was honored to learn that my story, “Hyphenated Americans,” about the service of my Uncle Yoshio in the 442 Regimental Combat Team during World War II, was accepted into Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors. … Continue reading

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#FlashFriday #Fictioneers: “Behind Barbed Wire”

This is another very busy week as I get ready for the Oklahoma Writers Federation 2012 Story Weavers Conference, as well as William Bernhardt’s writing seminar. But, I couldn’t pass up sharing an excerpt of Broken Dolls, my novel centered … Continue reading

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Unhyphenated Patriots

While in Los Angeles last week, I visited the Japanese American National Museum, something I’ve wanted to do since beginning to write The Red Kimono. Japanese American National Museum Before going inside, we walked around taking pictures. Thankfully, we noticed … Continue reading

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A Day of Infamy

In memory of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, here is an excerpt from my manuscript, Broken Dolls. In this scene, it is December 8, 1941, the day after the bombing. Nobu, my 17-year old Japanese American protagonist, is in school, … Continue reading

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In the Shadow of Heart Mountain

Last week, I visited my third Japanese-American internment camp site—Heart Mountain Relocation Center, thirteen miles outside of Cody, Wyoming. I was nine years old when I visited my first site, Tule Lake Relocation Center in California. I remember watching my … Continue reading

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