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    "body": "<div class=\"mw-parser-output\">\n <div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n  <table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n   <tbody>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Title\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Home Again\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Author\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      James Edmiston\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Original Publisher\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Doubleday &amp; Company\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Original Publication Date\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      1955\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Pages\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      316\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      WorldCat Link\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n\n      </a>\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n   </tbody>\n  </table>\n </div>\n <div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   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:\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n\n   </a>\n   ;\n  </p>\n </div>\n <div class=\"rgonly\">\n  <!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n  <div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n   <p>\n    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:Yes;\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>\n  A 1955 novel authored by a former\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/War_Relocation_Authority/\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">\n   War Relocation Authority\n  </a>\n  (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>\n <p>\n  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>\n <p>\n  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\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Anti-Japanese_exclusion_movement/\" title=\"Anti-Japanese exclusion movement\">\n   anti-Japanese discrimination\n  </a>\n  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\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Santa_Anita_(detention_facility)/\" title=\"Santa Anita (detention facility)\">\n   Santa Anita Assembly Center\n  </a>\n  , then in the American concentration camp at\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Heart_Mountain/\" title=\"Heart Mountain\">\n   Heart Mountain\n  </a>\n  , 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\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/442nd_Regimental_Combat_Team/\" title=\"442nd Regimental Combat Team\">\n   442nd\n  </a>\n  ; 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\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Terrorist_incidents_against_West_Coast_returnees/\" title=\"Terrorist incidents against West Coast returnees\">\n   terroristic threats\n  </a>\n  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>\n <p>\n  The book was widely and sympathetically reviewed, though the reviews were mixed in assessing the book's literary merit. In the\n  <i>\n   New York Times\n  </i>\n  , 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\n  <i>\n   The Saturday Review\n  </i>\n  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.\"\n  <i>\n   The Christian Century\n  </i>\n  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\n  <i>\n   The Nation\n  </i>\n  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\n  <i>\n   San Francisco Chronicle\n  </i>\n  book review editor singled it out as a book \"Worth Keeping In Mind\" while Francis Witherspoon of the\n  <i>\n   New York Herald Tribune\n  </i>\n  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.\"\n  <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n   <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n    [1]\n   </a>\n  </sup>\n </p>\n <p>\n  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 accommodationist/assimilationist bent best represented by the\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Japanese_American_Citizens_League/\" title=\"Japanese American Citizens League\">\n   Japanese American Citizens League\n  </a>\n  (JACL) and includes a quote from JACL leader\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Mike_Masaoka/\" title=\"Mike Masaoka\">\n   Mike Masaoka\n  </a>\n  opposite the title page. (The lone contemporary critique of the assimilationist leaning of the book came from the perceptive unnamed reviewer from\n  <i>\n   The Nation\n  </i>\n  , 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\n  <i>\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Pacific_Citizen_(newspaper)/\" title=\"Pacific Citizen (newspaper)\">\n    Pacific Citizen\n   </a>\n  </i>\n  (PC) newspaper, and the national JACL office sold the book to members at a discount. No fewer than eight\n  <i>\n   PC\n  </i>\n  columnists note the book (and/or the planned movie) in their columns, many mentioning it multiple times. Columnists\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Larry_Tajiri/\" title=\"Larry Tajiri\">\n   Larry Tajiri\n  </a>\n  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.\n  <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\">\n   <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\">\n    [2]\n   </a>\n  </sup>\n  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>\n <p>\n  With the many more recent fictional accounts and memoirs—many by Japanese Americans themselves—\n  <i>\n   Home Again\n  </i>\n  has faded into obscurity.\n </p>\n <div id=\"authorByline\">\n  <b>\n   Authored by\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Brian_Niiya/\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">\n    Brian Niiya\n   </a>\n   , Densho\n  </b>\n </div>\n <div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  Niiya, Brian\n </div>\n <div aria-labelledby=\"mw-toc-heading\" class=\"toc\" id=\"toc\" role=\"navigation\">\n  <input class=\"toctogglecheckbox\" id=\"toctogglecheckbox\" role=\"button\" style=\"display:none\" type=\"checkbox\"/>\n  <div class=\"toctitle\" dir=\"ltr\" lang=\"en\">\n   <h2 id=\"mw-toc-heading\">\n    Contents\n   </h2>\n   <span class=\"toctogglespan\">\n    <label class=\"toctogglelabel\" for=\"toctogglecheckbox\">\n    </label>\n   </span>\n  </div>\n  <ul>\n   <li class=\"toclevel-1\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#Find_in_the_Digital_Library_of_Japanese_American_Incarceration\">\n     <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n      1\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"toctext\">\n      Find in the Digital Library of Japanese American Incarceration\n     </span>\n    </a>\n   </li>\n   <li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-1\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#For_More_Information\">\n     <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n      2\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"toctext\">\n      For More Information\n     </span>\n    </a>\n    <ul>\n     <li class=\"toclevel-2 tocsection-2\">\n      <a class=\"\" href=\"#Reviews\">\n       <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n        2.1\n       </span>\n       <span class=\"toctext\">\n        Reviews\n       </span>\n      </a>\n     </li>\n    </ul>\n   </li>\n   <li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-3\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#Footnotes\">\n     <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n      3\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"toctext\">\n      Footnotes\n     </span>\n    </a>\n   </li>\n  </ul>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Find_in_the_Digital_Library_of_Japanese_American_Incarceration\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Find_in_the_Digital_Library_of_Japanese_American_Incarceration\">\n    Find in the Digital Library of Japanese American Incarceration\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    <b>\n     <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n      Home Again\n     </a>\n    </b>\n   </p>\n   <p style=\"font-size:8pt;line-height:1.5;color: #aaa;\">\n    This item has been made freely available in the\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     Digital Library of Japanese American Incarceration\n    </a>\n    , a collaborative project with\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     Internet Archive\n    </a>\n    .\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    <br/>\n    Might also like:\n    <i>\n     <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/When_the_Emperor_Was_Divine_(book)/\" title=\"When the Emperor Was Divine (book)\">\n      When the Emperor Was Divine\n     </a>\n    </i>\n    by Julie Otsuka;\n    <i>\n     [The Harvest of Hate\n     <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n\n     </a>\n     ]\n    </i>\n    by Georgia Day Robertson;\n    <i>\n     <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/The_Moved-Outers_(book)/\" title=\"The Moved-Outers (book)\">\n      The Moved-Outers\n     </a>\n     \" by Florence Crannell Means;\n    </i>\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n    For More Information\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    Edmiston, James.\n    <i>\n     Home Again\n    </i>\n    . Garden City, NY: Doubleday &amp; Company, 1955. 316 pages.\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Reviews\">\n  <h3>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reviews\">\n    Reviews\n   </span>\n  </h3>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    \"Good News.\"\n    <i>\n     Christian Century\n    </i>\n    , March 9, 1955, 304–05. [\"His energetic participation in the whole effort to save a tragically abused people (without worrying about saving ‘The People’s face) prepared him to tell the story with a passion and compassion that lift it out of the ordinary.\"]\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Hill, Gladwin. \"Tragic Uprooting.\"\n    <i>\n     New York Times\n    </i>\n    , January 30, 1955, section VII, 23. [\"Properly organized, this book could have been made into a truly memorable novel. But the creative magic that shapes the raw stuff of life into fiction is simply absent.\"]\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    \"Total or Totalitarian?\"\n    <i>\n     The Nation\n    </i>\n    , September 3, 1955, 208. [\"Mr Edmiston has written out of knowledge, and with love and anger. Evidently he chose the novel form in order to reach a larger audience than has been won for several excellent non-fiction works. Unfortunately his knowledge, love, and anger are greater than his craftsmanship.\"]\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Whitman, Alden. \"\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     The Nisei in Wartime.\n    </a>\n    \"\n    <i>\n     The Saturday Review\n    </i>\n    , April 9, 1955, p. 22. [\"Mr. Edmiston presents his vast mass of raw documentation in the form of fiction, a device that blunts and diffuses the book’s total emotional force.\"]\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Witherspoon, Francis,\n    <i>\n     New York Tribune Herald\n    </i>\n    , January 23, 1955, 3. [\"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.\"]\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n    Footnotes\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n    <div class=\"mw-references-wrap\">\n     <ol class=\"references\">\n      <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n       <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n        <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n         ↑\n        </a>\n       </span>\n       <span class=\"reference-text\">\n        Gladwin Hill, \"Tragic Uprooting,\"\n        <i>\n         New York Times\n        </i>\n        , January 30, 1955, section VII, 23; Alden Whitman, \"The Nisei in Wartime,\"\n        <i>\n         The Saturday Review\n        </i>\n        , April 9, 1955, 22, accessed online on February 15, 2013 at\n        <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n\n        </a>\n        ; \"Good News,\"\n        <i>\n         The Christian Century\n        </i>\n        , March 9, 1955, 304–05; \"Total or Totalitarian?,\"\n        <i>\n         The Nation\n        </i>\n        , September 3, 1955, 208;\n        <i>\n         San Francisco Chronicle This World\n        </i>\n        , January 23, 1955, 20; Francis Witherspoon,\n        <i>\n         New York Herald Tribune\n        </i>\n        , January 23, 1955, 3, cited in\n        <i>\n         The Book Review Digest 1955\n        </i>\n        , edited by Mertice M. James and Dorothy Brown (New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1956), 272.\n       </span>\n      </li>\n      <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\">\n       <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n        <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\">\n         ↑\n        </a>\n       </span>\n       <span class=\"reference-text\">\n        The eight: Larry Tajiri (five times), Tats Kushida (5),\n        <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Bill_Hosokawa/\" title=\"Bill Hosokawa\">\n         Bill Hosokawa\n        </a>\n        (2),\n        <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Masao_Satow/\" title=\"Masao Satow\">\n         Masao Satow\n        </a>\n        (2), Mike Masaoka; Henry Mori, Smokey Sakurada, and Budd Fukei.\n       </span>\n      </li>\n     </ol>\n    </div>\n   </div>\n   <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCached time: 20240418160714\nCache expiry: 86400\nDynamic content: false\nComplications: []\nCPU time usage: 0.021 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.028 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 382/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 6428/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1031/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 5/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nUnstrip recursion depth: 0/20\nUnstrip post‐expand size: 1536/5000000 bytes\nExtLoops count: 0\n-->\n   <!--\nTransclusion expansion time report (%,ms,calls,template)\n100.00%   19.094      1 -total\n 13.52%    2.582      1 Template:Reflist\n 12.39%    2.365      1 Template:RGDatabox-Core\n 11.22%    2.142      1 Template:Databox-Books\n  7.12%    1.359      1 Template:Published\n  7.10%    1.355      1 Template:AuthorByline\n  6.98%    1.333      1 Template:FindAtIA\n-->\n   <!-- Saved in parser cache with key encycmw:pcache:idhash:1834-0!canonical and timestamp 20240418160714 and revision id 36139\n -->\n  </div>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"toplink\">\n <a href=\"#top\">\n  <i class=\"icon-chevron-up\">\n  </i>\n  Top\n </a>\n</div>",
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