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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div class=\"floatright\"></div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Looking After Minidoka: An American Memoir;\nCreators:Neil Nakadate;\nInterestLevel:;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Change versus tradition; Coming of age; Displacement; Female roles; Growing up - pain or pleasure; Immigrant experience; Love and sacrifice; Overcoming - fear, weakness, vice; Power of tradition; Will to survive;\nGenre:Memoir;\nPoV:;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Japan; Portland, OR; Indiana; Detroit, MI; Minidoka;\nChronology:1900-ca. 1987;\nFacility:Minidoka [8]; Portland [12];\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\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;\">Looking After Minidoka: An American Memoir</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Neil Nakadate</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Indiana University Press</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">2013</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">206</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 offsite\" href=\"http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/862209141\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/862209141</a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:Looking After Minidoka: An American Memoir;\nAuthor:Neil Nakadate;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Indiana University Press;\nPubDate:2013;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:206;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/862209141\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/862209141</a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>A <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Sansei\" title=\"Sansei\">third-generation</a> Japanese American shares the multi-generational story of both sides of his family, from immigration to the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and wartime incarceration, to <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Resettlement\" title=\"Resettlement\">resettlement</a> and his own childhood.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toc\" id=\"toc\"><div id=\"toctitle\"><h2>Contents</h2></div>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-1\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Synopsis\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">1</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Synopsis</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-2\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Author_Background\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">2</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Author Background</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-3\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Historical_Accuracy\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">3</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Historical Accuracy</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-4\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#For_More_Information\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">4</span> <span class=\"toctext\">For More Information</span></a></li>\n</ul>\n</div>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Synopsis\">Synopsis</span></h2>\n<p>Nakadate begins by sharing how a phone call from a local World War II veteran objecting to Japanese Americans receiving redress prompted him to provide a detailed account of the experiences of his own family—as representative of a multi-generational American family—to help others understand the injustices of incarceration. \n</p><p>He begins by interweaving historical and cultural context, both about Japan and about his Portland, Oregon, home with the personal histories of his grandparents and several other relatives. His father's father worked for a prominent dry goods purveyor and labor recruiter, Masajiro Furuya, while his father's mother founded a Japanese language school. His mother's father operated a hotel. While his mother grew up fully bilingual—quite unusual for a Nisei not partially educated in Japan—his father was the \"all-American boy,\" who even joined an otherwise all-white Boy Scout troop. \n</p><p>When Pearl Harbor was attacked, his mother's family, the Marumotos, were taken to <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Portland_(detention_facility)\" title=\"Portland (detention facility)\">Portland Assembly Center</a>, and then <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Minidoka\" title=\"Minidoka\">Minidoka</a> concentration camp. By 1941, of the Nakadates, only his father was still in the U.S.; his grandfather had returned to Japan with the ashes of his grandmother, and his Uncle Tom had accepted that he would take over the extended family's business in Japan. Nakadate explains in great detail the process by which the Marumotos disposed of their property, the difficulty of living in the assembly center and the concentration camp, and his mother Mary's struggle to decide what to do when her fiancé had invited her out to Detroit so they could be married. \n</p><p>Nakadate continues to follow the trajectory of the family in their different locations, including his own birth in Chicago in August 1943, and how after World War II, all parts of the family eventually returned to the Portland area. His own family remained away the longest, living in the Midwest for ten years after the war. When they returned to Portland, they felt that they experienced more racism there than they had in the Midwest. \n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Author_Background\">Author Background</span></h2>\n<p>Neil Nakadate was professor of English at Iowa State University for over forty years. In addition to <i>Looking After Minidoka</i>, he is author of <i>Robert Penn Warren: A Reference Guide</i> (G.K. Hall, 1977) and <i>Understanding Jane Smiley</i> (University of South Carolina Press, 1999).\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Historical_Accuracy\">Historical Accuracy</span></h2>\n<p>Shinto, as an organized religious entity, is a modern invention. Until the late 19th century, little distinction was made between Buddhism and the constellation of syncretic indigenous religious practices, rituals, and beliefs. Thus, to talk about a Shinto spirituality as Nakadate does is anachronistic, and reflects the state's efforts to impose and imbue among the people a new religious attachment to the emperor that had not existed prior to the modern era than it does any kind of so-called traditional set of beliefs and practices. \n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Emily_Anderson\" title=\"Emily Anderson\">Emily Anderson</a></b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Anderson, Emily</div>\n<p>Might also like <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Letters_to_Memory_(book)\" title=\"Letters to Memory (book)\">Letters to Memory</a></i> by Karen Tei Yamashita;  <i>Nisei Memories: My Parents Talk about the War Years</i> by Paul Howard Takemoto; <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Sideways:_Memoir_of_a_Misfit_(book)\" title=\"Sideways: Memoir of a Misfit (book)\">Sideways: Memoir of a Misfit</a></i> by Diana Morita Cole\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>Author's faculty page: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.engl.iastate.edu/neil-nakadate-directory-page/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.engl.iastate.edu/neil-nakadate-directory-page/</a>.\n</p><p><a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://obermann.uiowa.edu/people/neil-nakadate\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://obermann.uiowa.edu/people/neil-nakadate</a>.\n</p>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.100 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.102 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 308/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2051/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 5873/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1508/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 3/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:3698-0!*!0!!en!5!* and timestamp 20180216194114 and revision id 27704\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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