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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:The Little Exile;\nCreators:Jeanette S. Arakawa;\nInterestLevel:Grades 7-8; Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:Grades 7-8;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Evils of racism; Family – blessing or curse; Female roles; Immigrant experience;\nGenre:Memoir;\nPoV:Told in first person voice of Nisei recalling childhood;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:San Francisco, California; Denver, Colorado;\nChronology:1940s;\nFacility:Rohwer [9] - McGehee, Arkansas; Stockton [16] - Stockton, California;\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;\">The Little Exile</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Jeanette S. Arakawa</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Stone Bridge Press</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">2017</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">248 pages</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=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:The Little Exile;\nAuthor:Jeanette S. Arakawa;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Stone Bridge Press;\nPubDate:2017;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:248 pages;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Memoir by Jeanette A. Arakawa covering her wartime incarceration at the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Stockton (detention facility)\">Stockton Assembly Center</a> and <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Rohwer\">Rohwer</a>, Arkansas, concentration camp and postwar resettlement in Denver. Though written in the first person, her name and those of others in the book have been changed.\n</p><p>As the story begins, Shizue Matsui—dubbed \"Marie\" by a teacher—is seven years old, and lives with her family in San Francisco. Her father runs a successful cleaning business, where her mother also works. She has a brother, Brian, who is two years older. At the end of 1940, her father moves the family to the Sunset District where he is able to expand his business, though the new neighborhood is less friendly to Japanese Americans than the old one. \n</p><p>The <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\",_1941\" title=\"December 7, 1941\">attack on Pearl Harbor</a> brings their happy life to an end. Despite attempts to demonstrate their patriotism, they can see the writing on the wall. Her father sells the cleaning business for $100, and the family moves to Stockton where Marie's maternal grandparents have a hotel. They are nonetheless forcibly removed two months later, first to the Stockton Assembly Center, then to Rohwer, where they arrive on Marie's tenth birthday, October 6, 1942. The middle chapters of the books include a series of stories of camp life from the perspective of a curious and friendly child and the difficulties her parents encounter.\n</p><p>As the camp empties in 1945, Marie and Brian persuade their parents to seek to leave also. Finding laundry related jobs in <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Resettlement in Denver\">Denver</a>, they move there. Though the jobs pay well, their living arrangements are squalid, and Marie experiences great difficulties at a hostile school and has no friends. Though things get better, they long to return to San Francisco. Persuaded, their father secures employment and housing in San Francisco, and the book ends as they return home some five years after they had left.\n</p><p>An afterword includes an account of how Arakawa began to take an interest in writing in her sixties and how the book came to be.\n</p><p>A reviewer writing in <i>Kirkus Reviews</i> found <i>The Little Exile</i> found the book \"spotty and episodic\", concluding that while \"[t]hese are experiences that need to be remembered,... Arakawa's murder are not as compellingly related as other novels or personal accounts of the travesty.\"Reviewing the book for the <i>Nichibei Weekly</i>, Jill Shiraki calls it \"a delightful read for all ages.\"<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup>\n</p><p>The account has two small errors: Upon arrival at at the \"<a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Assembly centers\">assembly center</a>,\" Arakawa writes there her \"new address was 6-108-D, Stockton Assembly Center, War Relocation Authority, Stockton, California\" (page 102). But the \"assembly centers\" were run by the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Wartime Civil Control Administration\">Wartime Civil Control Administration</a> (a branch of the U.S. Army), not the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">WRA</a>, a civilian agency that ran the longer term camps. Later, as the family considers leaving the safety of Rohwer for the outside world, she writes that \"[o]ne young woman who had moved to Michigan had been attacked and murdered\" (197). While Japanese Americans were certainly the target of <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Terrorist incidents against West Coast returnees\">violent harassment and hate crimes</a>—and rumors of such crimes were rampant in the concentration camps—no such crime took place, at least in the time period (late 1945) depicted.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<p>Might also like <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp (book)\">Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp</a></i> by Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey; <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Farewell to Manzanar (book)\">Farewell to Manzanar</a></i> by James Houston and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston; <i><a class=\"mw-redirect encyc notrg\" href=\",_Star_Trek%27s_Captain_Sulu_(book)\" title=\"To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Captain Sulu (book)\">To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu</a></i> by George Takei\n</p>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>Publisher website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>.\n</p><p>Niiya, Brian. \"<a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">Book Review: The Little Exile.</a>\" Densho Blog, May 16, 2017.\n</p><p>Shiraki, Jill. \"Recapturing and Reinventing a Young Heroine's Bay Area WWII-era Memories.\" <i>Nichibei Weekly</i>, Jan. 1, 2018, 19..\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 class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Kirkus Reviews, Apr. 15, 2017, accessed on May 10, 2017 at <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>; Jill Shiraki, \"Recapturing and Reinventing a Young Heroine's Bay Area WWII-era Memories,\" <i>Nichibei Weekly</i>, Jan. 1, 2018, 19..</span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.124 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.127 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 367/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2487/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 6459/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1437/2097152 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:3835-0!*!0!!*!5!* and timestamp 20180210191112 and revision id 27680\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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