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Japanese internment camps

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Post by annis » Thu December 16th, 2010, 7:18 pm

I'm reminded of that old favourite, Nevil Shute's A Town Like Alice (I believe that it had the US title The Legacy).

The main character, Jean, along with a group of other women, is captured by the Japanese in Malaya. It isn't exactly an internment story, though, because their Japanese guard is killed, and they become part of the community in a Malayan village for the duration of the war. It's a great tale, though.

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Post by rockygirl » Fri December 31st, 2010, 3:48 pm

Just finished Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. It was recommended to me by an elderly woman who was browsing the books next to me in Borders.

The book is set in 1986, with flashbacks to 1942. It is the story of two young teens, Henry, who is Chinese-American, and Keiko, who is Japanese-American in Seattle. It is more historical romance than historical fiction. The basic story is how Henry is impacted by the internment of Keiko. Unrealistic, yes, but sweet.

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