Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese

Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese



10 thoughts on “Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family

  1. Ruby Ruby says:

    Every Oregonian should read Stubborn Twig It is the history of a Japanese American family largely based in Hood River starting with the father's coming to the US landing at Seattle in 1910 The author charts not only the course of this family's history but also the course of Japanese Americans in the United States generally focused on Hood River It is well written and fascinating It's a bit of history everyone should know about from the xenophobia and racism to the internment during WWII


  2. Mbgirl Mbgirl says:

    The internal fortitude and courage forged by this family facing injustices from many angles’easy to become embittered and want to leave not be a part of a oft tilted system toward non ethnicsHood River— Fruit Loop— excelled as farmers and at their craft Were vanguards in techniue too The title is so apropos of their fighting indomitable spirit that refused to be broken For some rwaonC this awesome amazing story reminds me of Hillebrand’s Unbroken


  3. Jim Jim says:

    I attended Concordia Academy in Portland Oregon at that time a Lutheran boarding highschool A roommate from Idaho said he could remember begging for berries along the barbed wire fence of an internment camp there He would have been born in 1935 or 1936 and have been seven at the time of the internment I of course said Internment what internment? In my senior year we played Hood River Highscool in football I believe it was the only game we won that year I would like to go back over their roster to see if any Japanese Americans played in that gameHood River has often been the stop off point on trips to see my brother in southwest Washington and on business trips to Pendleton Oregon One of my favorite seminary classmates also lived thereAt one time I was going to write an article on the internment and researched Oregon newspapers so I've been aware for some time that Hood River was a hotbed of anti Japanese feeling in Oregon and as it turns out in the entire countryWhile reading a hard copy I discovered this book is available as a free down load so I am going to finish it that way The reader knows how to pronounce the names correctly


  4. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    This book was a fascinating read A true look into the lives of those effected by the evacuation order during WW II The book is painfully beautiful The narrative keeps you coming back for I found myself alternately intrigued angered disheartened heartened pleased and thoughtful about how the family's life unfolded Sprinkle in a bit of righteous indignation and you've got the feel of the book It leaves you uestioning How would you have reacted if you were there then? If you were Caucasian? of German decent? of Japanese decent? What would you have done if you were the President of the United States? Would it change how you treat your neighbors know the President of the United States didn't want them here didn't trust them? Would you have the courage like Smith to say 'no'?Maybe it is in the answers to those uestions that the power of this book truly lies For if we don't learn from the pastwe are doomed to repeat it And that can not and should not happen


  5. Jan Jan says:

    A riveting story and an important piece of Oregon’s history


  6. Karen Karen says:

    Heart wrenching superbly written account of the racial bigotry lying hatred and jealousy of white America with a focus on Hood River OR in the years before the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor that was behind the real reason government studies reported the American Japanese were not a threat for Roosevelt’s and government’s internment of the American Japanese Using a true family with family interviews with good historical research this is a detailed accounting of the impact on each individual; their successes even with their trials with hatred and jealousy that they experienced Then the most detailed tear jerking account of what each individual in the family encountered with the government’s curfew travel and internment policies “Daughter a senior at the U of O being the sole lonely individual late at night watching the train pass by that carried her family from Hood River South to internment with only what they could carry” Plus the government’s denial to let her ‘break curfew’ 8pm to attend her own graduation over at 10pm followed by her eventual escape via a midnight bus to Colorado And of course detailed descriptions of what the camps were like down to the fact that the latrines had no doors so the ladies tried to only go at night rather than in full few of the whole camp Putting up cardboard to protect their straw self stuffed mattresses from the leaking melting tar of the poorly constructed small one room family ‘units’ plus the horrible day heat and freezing night conditions of the desert intermixed with their unsuccessful efforts to stop the ‘stealing’ of their properties and loss of 30 years of hard work Good conclusion on the continued racism bigotry and discrimination in Hood River following the few returning Japanese and the results of all of the above plus 2 suicides and resultant Diaspora on the subseuent children and grandchildren


  7. Faith Reidenbach Faith Reidenbach says:

    I found this book worthwhile because I hadn't known many details about the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II For example I had always pictured the internment camps as reasonably nice places where families at least stayed togetherAs part of a community reading program celebrating Oregon's 150th birthday everyone in Oregon is being invited to read this book this year If you already know your WWII history you're going to have to care A LOT about the one family featured because true to its subtitle that's all the book is about The family was interesting in their way; by the time of WWII they had amassed a fortune in Hood River But the book is dry in many places the author seems to have wanted to use every scrap of her research such as listing every school year activity of all 8 of the second generation children Also it's weirdly organized it's divided into 3 sections one per generation so that inevitably some of the material is repetitiveStill people in the Pacific Northwest particularly will appreciate some of the tidbits Kessler shares For example one of the worries after Pearl Harbor was that Japanese frogmen would invade the US by disguising themselves as salmon and swimming up the Columbia In case all you ever read is this review please know that no Japanese American was ever convicted of espionage during WWII


  8. Amy Tanikawa Amy Tanikawa says:

    As a 3rd generation Oregonian I love to read about the REAL history of Oregon Lauren Kessler presented this story so thoroughly and heart felt I was caught from the first chapter My children are Gosei 5th generation Japanese American Their grandfather Tanikawa and his family were sent to an internment camp when he was in late middle school As in this book his grandfather arrived in Seattle around 1901 His father fought in World War I They had a productive life in this country prior to 1942 When Pearl Harbor was attacked they were instantly perceived as enemies losing their American citizenship possessions and a sense of family structure and community Hearing how this impacted future generations made me aware of how my husband and children are a legacy of this experience Sad to learn that of all minorities are the least likely to marry within their race possibly due to the abrupt rejection of their racial identity In rural Oregon my children need friendships and family within the Japanese community Thinking of ways to bring awareness and connection into our community as well as traveling to Eugene often to participate in activities


  9. Had Walmer Had Walmer says:

    This book spoke to me of the underlying history of Japanese residents of Hood Rivernear here Thanks to you LauraK for his very articulate and detailed research


  10. Ames A Ames A says:

    This is a five ⭐️ read for content and 25 ⭐️ for presentation of that content It’s a great read covering a multigenerational journey but is written in a fairly wooden manner making it feel a lot longer than it is


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