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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:Memoirs of a Certain Nisei: Aru Nisei No Wadachi, 1916–1985;\nCreators:Thomas Taro Higa;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Empowerment; Patriotism – positive side or complications; War – glory, necessity, pain, tragedy;\nGenre:Memoir;\nPoV:First version perspective of Kibei man;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:;\nChronology:1910s to 1940s; mostly 1941–44;\nFacility:;\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;\">Memoirs of a Certain Nisei: Aru Nisei No Wadachi, 1916–1985</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Aru Nisei No Wadachi</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Thomas Taro Higa</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Higa Publications</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1988</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">164</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=\"https://www.worldcat.org/title/memoirs-of-a-certain-nisei-1916-1985-aru-nisei-no-wadachi/oclc/21126390\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://www.worldcat.org/title/memoirs-of-a-certain-nisei-1916-1985-aru-nisei-no-wadachi/oclc/21126390</a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:Memoirs of a Certain Nisei: Aru Nisei No Wadachi, 1916–1985;\nAuthor:Thomas Taro Higa;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:Aru Nisei No Wadachi;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Higa Publications;\nPubDate:1988;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:164;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.worldcat.org/title/memoirs-of-a-certain-nisei-1916-1985-aru-nisei-no-wadachi/oclc/21126390\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://www.worldcat.org/title/memoirs-of-a-certain-nisei-1916-1985-aru-nisei-no-wadachi/oclc/21126390</a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Posthumously published memoir by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Kibei\" title=\"Kibei\">Kibei</a> war hero <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Thomas_Taro_Higa\" title=\"Thomas Taro Higa\">Thomas Taro Higa</a>, translated from its original Japanese and published in 1988. The vast majority of the book covers events taking place during World War II.\n</p><p>Divided into six chapters, <i>Memoirs of a Certain Nisei</i> begins with Higa's birth in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1916 to immigrants from Okinawa and his subsequent upbringing in Okinawa, Kahalu'u (on the windward side of the island of Ō'ahu), and Tokyo. Returning to Hawai'i in 1939, he is drafted in 1941 and becomes an original member of the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/100th_Infantry_Battalion\" title=\"100th Infantry Battalion\">100th Infantry Battalion</a>. Despite being in the army, he is still harassed by the FBI because of his prewar life in Japan. Higa devotes a chapter to the basic training of the 100th at <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Camp_McCoy_(detention_facility)\" title=\"Camp McCoy (detention facility)\">Camp McCoy</a>, Wisconsin, and at <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Camp_Shelby\" title=\"Camp Shelby\">Camp Shelby</a>, Mississippi, another to his time on the front in Italy where he is twice wounded, and a third to his convalescence in Colorado, where, as one of the first Nisei soldiers to return from Europe, he finds himself pressed into giving speeches on his experiences and visiting <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Amache_(Granada)\" title=\"Amache (Granada)\">Amache</a>. The longest chapter, making up some forty percent of the book, describes his subsequent six month lecture tour in the second half of 1944 sponsored by the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/War_Relocation_Authority\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">War Relocation Authority</a> (WRA), army, and <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Japanese_American_Citizens_League\" title=\"Japanese American Citizens League\">Japanese American Citizens League</a> (JACL) that sees him tour nearly the entire country and nine of the ten WRA camps covering forty states and some 23,000 miles. Higa describes the various places he visits and the people he meets along the way, though he writes little about the content of his talks, mostly citing a later article by his translator, Mitsugu Sakihara. A very brief final chapter covers focuses on his later journey to Okinawa in 1945 after the Allies had taken it, in an attempt to talk as many Okinawans as possible into surrendering, and his later courtship and marriage. Other than his marriage, there is next to nothing on his postwar life.\n</p><p>In Higa's preface to the book, he characterizes himself as a \"misfit\" and a reluctant writer, and writes that he wrote the book only through the encouragement of friends. It was published in 1982 as <i>Aru Nisei no wadachi</i>. Mitsugu Sakihara translated it into English that was subsequently edited by Elsie Higa Taniguchi and published in 1988, after Higa's passing in 1985.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/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>Higa, Thomas Taro. <i>Memoirs of a Certain Nisei, 1916-1985, Aru Nisei No Wadachi</i>. 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