Hood River— Fruit Loop— excelled as farmers and at their craft. Were vanguards in technique 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 A riveting story and an important piece of Oregon’s history. 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 game.
Hood 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 there.
At 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 country.
While 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. 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 more. 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 questioning... 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 questions that the power of this book truly lies. For, if we don't learn from the past...we are doomed to repeat it. And that can not and should not happen. 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 together.
As 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 placesthe author seems to have wanted to use every scrap of her research, such as listing every schoolyear activity of all 8 of the secondgeneration children. Also, it's weirdly organizedit's divided into 3 sections, one per generation, so that inevitably some of the material is repetitive.
Still, 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.
Heartwrenching, superbly written account of the racialbigotry, 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, tearjerking account of what each individual in the family encountered with the government’s curfew, travel, and internment policies. “Daughtera 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 strawselfstuffed 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 subsequent children and grandchildren. 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 more awareness and connection into our community as well as traveling to Eugene more often to participate in activities. Stubborn Twig Three Generations In The LifeNotRetrouvez Stubborn Twig Three Generations In The Life Of A Japanese American Family Et Des Millions De Livres En Stock SurAchetez Neuf Ou D OccasionStubborn Twig Three Generations In The LifeNotRetrouvez Stubborn Twig Three Generations In The Life Of A Japanese American Family By Lauren Kessleret Des Millions De Livres En Stock SurAchetez Neuf Ou D Occasion Stubborn Twig Three Generations In The Life Of A JapaneseStubborn Twig Three Generations In The Life Of A Japanese American Family Lauren Kessler, Christine Williams, Blackstone Audio, IncLivres Stubborn Twig Three Generations In The Life Of A Stubborn Twig By Lauren Kessler Is A Nonfiction Book That Tells Of The Extreme Racism Japanese Immigrants And Japanese Americans Faced During WWII This Book Tells The Story Of Three Generations Of The Yasui Family There Are Three Parts To This Book, Titled Isei The First Generation , Nisei The Second Generation , And Sansei The Third Generation This Book Mostly Focuses On The Life Of Stubborn Twig Three Generations In Stubborn Twig By Lauren Kessler This Well Researched Story Of Three Generations Of The Yasui Family Was Of Special Interest To Me Because It Parallels The Time Frame And Journey Of My Own Family S Experience, Though We Were Not As Successful, And, Stubborn Twig Three Generations In The Life Of A Stubborn Twig By Lauren Kessler This Well Researched Story Of Three Generations Of The Yasui Family Was Of Special Interest To Me Because It Parallels The Time Frame And Journey Of My Own Family S Experience, Though We Were Not As Successful, And, Therefore, Didn T Have As Much To Lose As The Yasui S Their Saga Begins In Japan In The Lates, And Explains The Reasons That First This book spoke to me of the underlying history of Japanese residents of Hood River
near hereThanks to you LauraK. for his very articulate and detailed research This is a five ⭐️ read for content, and 2.5 ⭐️ 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.