Picture Bride A Novel (Paperback)
|Author: Yoshiko Uchida|
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|Hana travels to America to escape the arranged marriages her sisters experienced in pre-World War II Japan, but the young businessman to whom she has corresponded turns out to be a middle-aged man who exaggerated his success *Author: Uchida, Yoshiko *Subtitle: A Novel *Publication Date: 1997/06/01 *Number of Pages: 216 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 8.75|
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Carrying a photograph of the man she is to marry but has yet to meet, young Hana Omiya arrives in San Francisco, California, in 1917, one of several hundred Japanese "picture brides" whose arranged marriages brought them to America in the early 1900s. Her story is intertwined with others: her husband, Taro Takeda, an Oakland shopkeeper; Kiku and her husband Henry, who reject demeaning city work to become farmers; Dr. Kaneda, a respected community leader who is destroyed by the adopted land he loves. All are caught up in the cruel turmoil of World War II, when West Coast Japanese Americans are uprooted from their homes and imprisoned in desert detention camps. Although tragedy strikes each of them, the same spirit and strength that brought her to America enable Hana to survive.Hana travels to America to escape the arranged marriages her sisters experienced in pre-World War II Japan, but the young businessman to whom she has corresponded turns out to be a middle-aged man who exaggerated his success
In 1942, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, college student Yoshiko Uchida, her family, and 120,000 other Japanese Americans were forced, by the United States government to leave their homes and live in internment camps. Uchida has recounted this difficult time in her memoir THE INVISIBLE THREAD. After a 1952 visit to Japan, Uchida published her first book, a collection of Japanese folk tales entitled THE DANCING KETTLE AND OTHER JAPANESE FOLK TALES. In addition to her folklore collections, Uchida has also written historical fiction about Japanese-Americans as a means of sharing Japanese culture with all children.