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    "title": "Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation (book)",
    "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      Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation\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      Yoshiko Uchida\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Illustrator\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Donald Carrick\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      Scribner's\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      1971\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      149\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Awards\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Notable Book citation, American Library Association, 1972\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=\";editions\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n;editions\n      </a>\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n   </tbody>\n  </table>\n </div>\n <div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   Title:Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation;\nAuthor:Yoshiko Uchida;\nIllustrator:Donald Carrick;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Scribner's;\nPubDate:1971;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:149;\nAwards:Notable Book citation, American Library Association, 1972;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\";editions;\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n;editions;\n   </a>\n  </p>\n </div>\n <div class=\"floatright\">\n </div>\n <div class=\"rgonly\">\n  <!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n  <div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n   <p>\n    RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation;\nCreators:Yoshiko Uchida; Donald Carrick (illustrator);\nInterestLevel:Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8;\nReadingLevel:Grades 6-8;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Displacement; Growing up - pain or pleasure;\nGenre:Children's; Young Adult;\nPoV:First person; Japanese American adolescent girl;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:Yes;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:Yes;\nWarnings:Brief mild violence;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Berkeley, California; Delta, Utah;\nChronology:1940s;\nFacility:Tanforan [15]; Topaz (Central Utah) [1];\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <p>\n  Pioneering 1971 novel by\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Yoshiko_Uchida/\" title=\"Yoshiko Uchida\">\n   Yoshiko Uchida\n  </a>\n  that was the first book for children on the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans written by a Japanese American. Based in part on Uchida's own family experience,\n  <i>\n   Journey to Topaz\n  </i>\n  was the first of five books the prolific children's book author wrote that focused on the incarceration experience.\n </p>\n <p>\n  The protagonist of the novel is Yuki Sakane, who is eleven years old when the story begins. We meet her family of four—described by two literary scholars as \"an ideal—and idealized—American family\"—that includes her\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Issei/\" title=\"Issei\">\n   Issei\n  </a>\n  parents and college age brother Ken in Berkeley as they look forward to the holidays.\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  The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brings their idyllic life to an end. After her father is arrested by the\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation/\" title=\"Federal Bureau of Investigation\">\n   FBI\n  </a>\n  and taken away to an internment camp, the family must divest itself of its home and possessions in preparation for being forcibly removed and sent first to\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Tanforan_(detention_facility)/\" title=\"Tanforan (detention facility)\">\n   Tanforan\n  </a>\n  , where they live in a former horse stall, then to the\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Topaz/\" title=\"Topaz\">\n   Topaz\n  </a>\n  , Utah, concentration camp. The description of the conditions and life in the camps include the rudimentary state of the shared bathroom facilities, the long lines to the mess hall, and the makeshift schools. Meanwhile, Yuki and her friend Emiko make the best of camp life, while Ken works in the camp hospital and ultimately decides to enlist in the army upon the formation of the\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/442nd_Regimental_Combat_Team/\" title=\"442nd Regimental Combat Team\">\n   442nd Regimental Combat Team\n  </a>\n  in 1943. The novel also describes the fatal shooting by guards of Emiko's grandfather, based on the real life shooting of\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Homicide_in_camp/\" title=\"Homicide in camp\">\n   James Hatsuki Wakasa\n  </a>\n  at Topaz.\n </p>\n <p>\n  In her introduction to\n  <i>\n   Journey to Topaz\n  </i>\n  , Uchida writes that though the \"characters are fictional, the events are based on actual fact, and most of what happened to the Sakane family also happened to my own.\"\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  But while her family went to the same camps as the Sakanes, Yoshida herself was a full decade older than her protagonist and was an elementary school teacher at Topaz before leaving to continue her education in the East.\n </p>\n <p>\n  Described as \"a ground-breaking book for children,\"\n  <i>\n   Journey to Topaz\n  </i>\n  inspired a sequel,\n  <i>\n   Journey Home\n  </i>\n  (1977), that follows the same set of characters upon their leaving the concentration camps.\n  <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\">\n   <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\">\n    [3]\n   </a>\n  </sup>\n  Uchida wrote a third fictional work for children set the camps,\n  <i>\n   The Bracelet\n  </i>\n  (1993), along with two memoirs,\n  <i>\n   Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family\n  </i>\n  (1982) and\n  <i>\n   The Invisible Thread\n  </i>\n  (1991), the former written for an adult audience, the latter for young people. After its initial publication in 1971\n  <i>\n   Journey to Topaz\n  </i>\n  , has been republished twice: a 1985 edition by Creative Arts Book Company and in 2004 by Heydey Books. Donald Carrick did the illustrations in all three editions. It was also published in Japanese translation in 1975.\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 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      Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation\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  </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    Chen, Fu-jen, and Su-lin Yu. \"Reclaiming the Southwest: A Traumatic Space in the Japanese American Internment Narrative.\"\n    <i>\n     Journal of the Southwest\n    </i>\n    47.4 (Winter 2005): 551–70.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Harada, Violet H. \"Breaking the Silence: Sharing the Japanese American Internment Experience with Adolescent Readers.\"\n    <i>\n     Journal of Adolescent &amp; Adult Literacy\n    </i>\n    39.8 (May 1996): 630–37.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    ———. \"Caught Between Two Worlds: Themes of Family, Community, and Ethnic Identity in Yoshiko Uchida's Works for Children.\"\n    <i>\n     Children’s Literature in Education\n    </i>\n    29.1 (Mar. 1998): 19–30.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Inagawa, Machiko. \"Japanese American Experiences in Internment Camps during World War II as Represented by Children's and Adolescent Literature.\" Ph.D. dissertation, University of Arizona, 2007.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    \"\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     Lesson Plans and Resources for\n     <i>\n      Journey to Topaz\n     </i>\n    </a>\n    . One Book One Philadelphia.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    McDiffett, Danton. \"Prejudice and Pride: Japanese Americans in the Young Adult Novels of Yoshiko Uchida.\"\n    <i>\n     The English Journal\n    </i>\n    90.3 (Jan. 2001): 60–65.\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        Fu-jen Chen and Su-lin Yu, \"Reclaiming the Southwest: A Traumatic Space in the Japanese American Internment Narrative,\"\n        <i>\n         Journal of the Southwest\n        </i>\n        47.4 (Winter 2005), 556.\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        Yoshiko Uchida,\n        <i>\n         Journey to to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation\n        </i>\n        (Berkley, Calif.: Creative Arts Book Co., 1985, viii.\n       </span>\n      </li>\n      <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\">\n       <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n        <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\">\n         ↑\n        </a>\n       </span>\n       <span class=\"reference-text\">\n        Valerie Ooka Pang, \"Asian and Pacific Islanders as Americans: The Legacy of AAPI Children's Literature,\"\n        <i>\n         International Examiner\n        </i>\n        , June 20 to July 3, 2012, 3\n       </span>\n      </li>\n     </ol>\n    </div>\n   </div>\n   <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCached time: 20230613175419\nCache expiry: 86400\nDynamic content: false\nComplications: []\nCPU time usage: 0.022 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.029 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 397/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 8378/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 2073/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 5/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nUnstrip recursion depth: 0/20\nUnstrip post‐expand size: 1323/5000000 bytes\nExtLoops count: 0\n-->\n   <!--\nTransclusion expansion time report (%,ms,calls,template)\n100.00%   19.371      1 -total\n 13.16%    2.550      1 Template:Reflist\n 12.16%    2.355      1 Template:RGDatabox-Core\n 10.92%    2.115      1 Template:Databox-Books\n  7.38%    1.429      1 Template:Published\n  7.19%    1.393      1 Template:FindAtIA\n  6.98%    1.352      1 Template:AuthorByline\n-->\n   <!-- Saved in parser cache with key encycmw:pcache:idhash:1935-0!canonical and timestamp 20230613175419 and revision id 29699\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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