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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Home Again</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">James Edmiston</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Doubleday &amp; Company</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1955</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">316</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">WorldCat Link</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.worldcat.org/title/home-again/oclc/1938107\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.worldcat.org/title/home-again/oclc/1938107</a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:Home Again;\nAuthor:James Edmiston;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Doubleday &amp; Company;\nPubDate:1955;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:316;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.worldcat.org/title/home-again/oclc/1938107\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.worldcat.org/title/home-again/oclc/1938107</a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Home Again;\nCreators:James Edmiston;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Character - destruction and building up; Displacement; Evils of racism;\nGenre:Fiction;\nPoV:;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:California; Wyoming;\nChronology:1900s-1950s;\nFacility:Santa Anita [23]; Heart Mountain [5];\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<p>A 1955 novel authored by a former <a href=\"/wiki/War_Relocation_Authority\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">War Relocation Authority</a> (WRA) official that tells the epic story of one Japanese American family from California, covering their prewar travails, their wartime incarceration, and their return to California after the war. The book was heavily promoted particularly within the Japanese American community and widely reviewed.\n</p><p>Author James Edmiston was the head of the WRA's San José office, where he assisted many Japanese Americans in their return to the area after their exile. The characters and events in the book were based on his observations from that time; as he wrote in the book's foreword, \"It should be pointed out that the fiction form this story has taken in no way alters the authenticity of the material. The characters are real; the incidents all occurred.\" \n</p><p>The story focuses on the Mio family, beginning with the arrival of a picture bride for one of the Mio brothers in 1909 and following their rise over <a class=\"mw-redirect\" href=\"/wiki/Anti-Japanese_movement\" title=\"Anti-Japanese movement\">anti-Japanese discrimination</a> to become successful chrysanthemum growers in California's Santa Clara Valley. But like all West Coast Japanese Americans, the family is forcibly removed and incarcerated, first in the <a href=\"/wiki/Santa_Anita_(detention_facility)\" title=\"Santa Anita (detention facility)\">Santa Anita Assembly Center</a>, then in the American concentration camp at <a href=\"/wiki/Heart_Mountain\" title=\"Heart Mountain\">Heart Mountain</a>, Wyoming. Family patriarch Toshimichimaru and wife Tani are joined there by dissident son (and eventual draft resister) Kazuo; daughter and family pillar Midori; another daughter Emiko, who becomes a physician; Hiro, who volunteers for the <a href=\"/wiki/442nd_Regimental_Combat_Team\" title=\"442nd Regimental Combat Team\">442nd</a>; and younger children Sumiko and Michio. As the war winds down, the family returns to San José, aided by WRA staffer Sam Morgan (clearly based on the author himself), overcoming the vandalism and <a href=\"/wiki/Terrorist_incidents_against_West_Coast_returnees\" title=\"Terrorist incidents against West Coast returnees\">terroristic threats</a> many returnees faced. In the midst of this, Midori finds herself in an interracial romance with the son of a wealthy local rancher and longtime anti-Japanese activist.\n</p><p>The book was widely and sympathetically reviewed, though the reviews were mixed in assessing the book's literary merit. In the <i>New York Times</i>, Gladwin Hill wrote that \"the author knows his subject intimately\" and \"has amassed enough fact, color and drama for an epic trilogy.\" However, Hill added, \"But the wealth of his material has defeated him. Overwhelmed by the task of selection and organization, he has resorted to chronological recitation.... the creative magic that shapes the raw stuff of life into fiction is simply absent.\" Similarly, Alden Whitman in <i>The Saturday Review</i> wrote that the author \"knows his Japanese-Americans well, and he writes of them with sensitivity and understanding,\" but laments that he \"presents his vast mass of raw documentation in the form of fiction, a device that blunts and diffuses the book's emotional force.\" <i>The Christian Century</i> reviewer noted \"a scenario-simplicity about the style which limits the depths that could have been sounded in more leisurely passage,\" while the reviewer in <i>The Nation</i> stated that while Edmiston \"has written out of knowledge, and with love and anger,\" that \"his knowledge, love, and anger are greater than his craftsmanship.\" The <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> book review editor singled it out as a book \"Worth Keeping In Mind\" while Francis Witherspoon of the <i>New York Herald Tribune</i> wrote that \"Doubtless not all the blows suffered by the Mios in the years of exile fell upon a single family. But so convincing is James Edmiston that we believe they actually did.\"<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup>\n</p><p>The reception by the Japanese American community was generally positive given the sympathetic portrayal of the Mios by a wartime \"friend.\" The book is approving of the accomodationist/assimilationist bent best represented by the <a href=\"/wiki/Japanese_American_Citizens_League\" title=\"Japanese American Citizens League\">Japanese American Citizens League</a> (JACL) and includes a quote from JACL leader <a href=\"/wiki/Mike_Masaoka\" title=\"Mike Masaoka\">Mike Masaoka</a> opposite the title page. (The lone contemporary critique of the assimilationist leaning of the book came from the perceptive unnamed reviewer from <i>The Nation</i>, who criticized the approval of Japanese Americans discarding their culture as a way to prove their American-ness. Quoting the last lines of the book—\"And at last Midori is free. The nihonjin is gone. This is total victory, incomparable completeness\"—the reviewer asks \"Total or totalitarian? Midori Mio, in suppressing the nihonjin, gains nothing and loses much. Too much.\") It was extensively covered in the JACL's <i><a href=\"/wiki/Pacific_Citizen_(newspaper)\" title=\"Pacific Citizen (newspaper)\">Pacific Citizen</a></i> (PC) newspaper, and the national JACL office sold the book to members at a discount. No fewer than eight <i>PC</i> columnists note the book (and/or the planned movie) in their columns, many mentioning it multiple times. Columnists <a href=\"/wiki/Larry_Tajiri\" title=\"Larry Tajiri\">Larry Tajiri</a> and Tats Kushida also breathlessly followed the efforts to make the book into a movie, with producer Sam Jaffe and writer/director Michael Blackfort visiting with JACL officials, producing a completed script, and putting out a casting call via the PC. But after early 1956, there is no further mention of the movie project.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\">[2]</a></sup> Edmiston did go on to write scripts for a variety of 1950s TV shows before his premature passing at age 47 in 1959.\n</p><p>With the many more recent fictional accounts and memoirs—many by Japanese Americans themselves—<i>Home Again</i> has faded into obscurity. \n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a href=\"/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>Edmiston, James. <i>Home Again</i>. Garden City, NY: Doubleday &amp; Company, 1955. 316 pages.\n</p>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reviews\">Reviews</span></h3>\n<p>\"Good News.\" <i>Christian Century</i>, March 9, 1955, 304–05.\n</p><p>Hill, Gladwin. \"Tragic Uprooting.\" <i>New York Times</i>, January 30, 1955, section VII, 23.\n</p><p>\"Total or Totalitarian?\" <i>The Nation</i>, September 3, 1955, 208.\n</p><p>Whitman, Alden. \"The Nisei in Wartime.\" <i>The Saturday Review</i>, April 9, 1955, p. 22. <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1955apr09-00022a03\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1955apr09-00022a03</a>.\n</p><p>Witherspoon, Francis, <i>New York Tribune Herald</i>, January 23, 1955, 3.\n</p>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2>\n<div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Gladwin Hill, \"Tragic Uprooting,\" <i>New York Times</i>, January 30, 1955, section VII, 23; Alden Whitman, \"The Nisei in Wartime,\" <i>The Saturday Review</i>, April 9, 1955, 22, accessed online on February 15, 2013 at <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1955apr09-00022a03\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1955apr09-00022a03</a>; \"Good News,\" <i>The Christian Century</i>, March 9, 1955, 304–05; \"Total or Totalitarian?,\" <i>The Nation</i>, September 3, 1955, 208; <i>San Francisco Chronicle This World</i>, January 23, 1955, 20; Francis Witherspoon, <i>New York Herald Tribune</i>, January 23, 1955, 3, cited in <i>The Book Review Digest 1955</i>, edited by Mertice M. James and Dorothy Brown (New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1956), 272.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">The eight: Larry Tajiri (five times), Tats Kushida (5), <a href=\"/wiki/Bill_Hosokawa\" title=\"Bill Hosokawa\">Bill Hosokawa</a> (2), <a href=\"/wiki/Masao_Satow\" title=\"Masao Satow\">Masao Satow</a> (2), Mike Masaoka; Henry Mori, Smokey Sakurada, and Budd Fukei.</span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.116 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.119 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 380/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2483/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 5975/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1003/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:1834-0!*!0!!*!*!* and timestamp 20170713021145 and revision id 25534\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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