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Silver Like Dust: One Family's Story of America's Japanese Internment

Silver Like Dust One Family s Story of America s Japanese Internment Sipping tea by the fire preparing sushi for the family or indulgently listening to her husband tell the same story for the hundredth time Kimi Grant s grandmother Obaachan was a missing link to K

  • Title: Silver Like Dust: One Family's Story of America's Japanese Internment
  • Author: Kimi Cunningham Grant
  • ISBN: 9781605982724
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sipping tea by the fire, preparing sushi for the family, or indulgently listening to her husband tell the same story for the hundredth time, Kimi Grant s grandmother, Obaachan, was a missing link to Kimi s Japanese heritage, something she had had a mixed relationship with all her life Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, all Kimi ever wanted to do was fit in, spurning traditSipping tea by the fire, preparing sushi for the family, or indulgently listening to her husband tell the same story for the hundredth time, Kimi Grant s grandmother, Obaachan, was a missing link to Kimi s Japanese heritage, something she had had a mixed relationship with all her life Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, all Kimi ever wanted to do was fit in, spurning traditional Japanese cuisine and her grandfather s attempts to teach her the language.But there was one part of Obaachan s life that had fascinated and haunted Kimi ever since the age of eleven her gentle yet proud Obaachan had once been a prisoner, along with 112,000 Japanese Americans, for than five years of her life Obaachan never spoke of those years, and Kimi s own mother only spoke of it in whispers It was a source of haji, or shame But what had really happened to Obaachan, then a young woman, and the thousands of other men, women, and children like her Obaachan would meet her husband in the camps and watch her mother die there, too From the turmoil, racism, and paranoia that sprang up after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the terrifying train ride to Heart Mountain, to the false promise of V J Day, Silver Like Dust captures a vital chapter of the Japanese American experience through the journey of one remarkable woman.Her story is one of thousands, yet is a powerful testament to the enduring bonds of family and an unusual look at the American dream.

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    1. In my high school social studies classes, no one ever once uttered the words "Japanese internment camp". In fact, I learned that our country rounded up and imprisoned the West Coast Japanese when I was in my mid-20s, and I found out because of a song by Fort Minor (a rap group), where the lead singer (Mike Shinoda) raps about his Japanese family being taken from Los Angeles to the Manzanar internment camp during WWII. I thought I was hearing the lyrics wrong, but after I listened more closely, I [...]

    2. I enjoyed the book moderately. There are other books about this unfortunate period of history that cover it better. Kimis grandmother does not really wish to recount her experiences in the internment camp and kimi slowly pulls some stories from her over a period of years. So the actual camp experiences recounted do not cover a lot of the writing. Kimi adds facts from world war II and much of her own meandering, sometimes repeating herself. I prefer nonfiction but think this story, with little ac [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this book as well as informed by it. I thought it was recommended by a friend of mine but as it turns out, she was referring to a different book. I'm glad I made the "mistake"!

    4. Kimi Grant has written of her grandmother's internment as a Japanese American citizen at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. during WW II. More than 112,000 people were relocated for around five years.Although she has clearly covered the formidable situation for these people during their forced confinement, the major stress of this book is family and the relationship between the granddaughter and the elder grandmother.It was a sweet, poignant story.Grant attempted to impart the outrageous situation for the [...]

    5. I couldn't decide on two or three stars for this one. The subject is always interesting to me. I appreciate that she brought up the situations where the families were separated and never really connected again besides the occasional birthday card. Many books end with the release of the internees and don't consider the long-term effects on the families.My objection with the book is the writing style. Odd details are included and are distracting. I'm not sure why the reader needs to know what the [...]

    6. I often get interested in a topic (particularly a historical event) and want to read as much as I can to try to understand it. This has been the case for me recently with the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. I have known it happened for many years and read a couple of books about it during college, but it is hard to understand how our nation allowed this to happen in such recent history. Through my reading, I have learned more about the details of the internment as well as some of t [...]

    7. This is the true story of Kimi Grant's grandmother, who spent the years of World War 2 in a Japanese internment camp in Wyoming, along with her parents. She also met her husband in that camp, and gave birth to her first child there.As a child, Kimi had a mixed relationship with her Japanese heritage; she resisted her grandfather's efforts to teach her the language. Growing up in Pennsylvania, she just wanted to fit in with the other kids, but as she grew into a young woman, she started to wonder [...]

    8. Kimi, a high school English teacher who is half-Japanese, wants to write a book about her grandparents' experiences at Heart Mountain Internment Camp for Japanese citizens during WWII. However, she doesn't know her grandmother well and this time in their history was never spoken of while Kimi was growing up. Kimi must visit her grandmother in Florida and forge a relationship with her to get her story, and the book ends up not only being about the internment camp but about a grandmother and grand [...]

    9. I had to read this for my history class, but it was actually a very interesting and well written memoir. It's unfortunately easy to forget that the U. S. had internment camps during World War II, and right now I'm only miles away from the one discussed in this book, Heart Mountain. It was a somber book, but I feel it is good to learn about these events, so that perhaps they won't be repeated again.

    10. I find it difficult to categorize this magnificent work. Silver Like Dust is a combination of memoir and biography with a bit of history thrown in. Easily read this is a narrative of a young woman's 'interviews' of her grandmother about the concentration (internment) camps our democracy set up for Japanese Americans who were resident on the West Coast when World War II broke out. However in doing so, the author reveals not just generational differences but also cultural differences.

    11. Disappointed with the flow of the book. Hoped it would read more like a story and less like a conversation by the author about her grandmother. The book gave historical background but I wanted to hear more about the feelings of those interned in the camps in order to feel more of those being there.

    12. An interesting read but not especially captivating in terms of character development. It's a memoir once-removed and so it feels a little unemotional and distant. But as the wife of a Japanese American whose mother was interned, I find that emotional distance to be uniquely Japanese.

    13. Loved this book! Written by the grand daughter of a second generation Japanese woman about her family's experience during WWII. She brings out her grandmother's personality so well you will think you know her. A little known part of US history that will appall you!

    14. An interesting and easy read about Japanese internment camps in America, something I previously knew little about. I was esp. intrigued to learn about how dramatic the civil rights violations were. For instance, people of Japanese descent had to turn in their radios and their assets were frozen, then they were ultimately sent to these camps--even though the majority were actually American citizens born in the US. Think about that. The nature of the camps, too, seemed a little odd. The toilets an [...]

    15. Liked the frame of this story - a young woman gets to know her grandmother through a series of discussions about her past, including her internment during WWII. Both aspects of the story are well-drawn, a testament to how well Grant balances their interactions with the poignant memories of her grandmother. Plus, the history is fascinating.

    16. Read this!This book was amazing for so many reasons. First off- it's a wonderful read. Well written, evokes emotion, and tells a great story. Second- I learned so much. I knew about the Japanese Camps in the US during WWII but I never knew nearly enough to understand the immensity and historical importance. A truly great book- I highly recommend it.

    17. In this memoir/biography, Kimi Cunningham Grant recounts her maternal grandmother’s story of internment during World War II. Grant’s grandmother, her Obaachan, was interned – along with her family – for being Japanese Americans in California (the entire West Coast was declared a war zone in March 1942). Obaachan’s story is framed by descriptions of Grant’s visits with her grandmother, who was at first reluctant to share her story, partly because this time of her life was shrouded wit [...]

    18. While I think it imperative that the history of the US is well documented and I deplore the internment by the US government of the Japanese during WW2, the way this story was constructed did not do the subject matter justice. The writing was choppy and the back and forth narrative detracted from the impact of the horrific disgusting way America treated these hard working patriotic people.As a native Californian born during WW2, I recall the well manicured gardens of 100's of homes whose gardens [...]

    19. SOME SPOILERS I GUESS: Silver Like Dust is a well written novel that focuses on the Japanese concentration camps in the middle of the U.S during World War II. The book is also about how it has affected the lives of those in the camps and their families after they were shut down. While the Japanese concentration camps are the main topic, the book also touches on subjects of sexism and oppressive traditions. Silver Like Dust delves into a second hand account of the concentration camps through the [...]

    20. As a fan of George Takei on Facebook, I was well aware that America sent residents of Japanese descendents living on the West Coast to internment camps inland. What I didn't really realize was the blatant racism the Japanese had encountered for years, both well before and during WWII. Initially, as the only Asian group to have immigrated to the US, the Chinese were the ones who experienced this prejudice. It was felt that the Chinese were coming to the States to steal jobs from white men, a sent [...]

    21. This book was a wonderful read. I was particularly fond of the way that the author took time to understand and put together the history of her grandparents. What struck me most was her ability to grapple with how the generational difference stood as a primary hurdle in conveying and understanding the history. It was a wonderful book to read because of how the author handled that aspect and incorporated those sensitive issues in a respectful yet honest manner.I bought this book solely because the [...]

    22. Kimi Cunningham Grant wants her grandmother, whom she calls "Obaachan", to share her memories of the most tragic events of World War II: the internment of Japanese-Americans directly following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Obaachan was sent with her family to one of these camps as a young woman. There she meets her future husband, Kimi's grandfather, "Ojichan".Because Obaachan is very private and has never spoken of these sad events in her life, Kimi has to be very careful and tread lightly when [...]

    23. This book is the sort of book I like to read. It is a character study of the author's grandmother and grandfather. While it has led me to other books about the Japanese American internment, its strengths are in its descriptions of family dynamics. In a relatively brief space, author Kimi Cunningham Grant conveys the inner lives of her outgoing grandfather and quiet grandmother. The man Kimi adored as a child, who overshadowed the grandmother she thought so cold, turns out to have been an exactin [...]

    24. Although I thought the book was well-written, there are many questions I have about the motivations of the author.I certainly learned much about the WWII Japanese Internment on the West Coast. Who thinks that FDR was the greatest president now? But, her grandmother's story is very incomplete. I felt as though the story was more of a condemnation of the grandfather and his role in the grandmother's life's choices. The author repeatedly states that the grandmother's goal was to make sure her two d [...]

    25. This is not the first book I've read on Japanese-American concentration camps, but the parallels with my family have led to some new and deep personal realizations about race in America. Obachaan and her husband are the same age as my grandparents. My grandfather was born in America, but his father and his mother's parents were born in Germany and immigrated to the US around later years of the 19th century. He grew up in a small town/rural farming community that was very German in character, cul [...]

    26. In this non-fiction book, Kimi Grant recounts stories of her grandmother's, Obaachan, time in a Japanese Internment camp during WWII.While, I am not new to the idea of internment camps, I have also not heard much about them. I had them mentioned in one history class, but it was pretty glossed over. So I wanted to read this book to hear some first-hand accounts of what it was like.Obaachan seems reluctant to share though. Kimi, especially at the beginning, has to really pull the stories from her [...]

    27. A modest book that sticks to its core story of the authors grandmothers life and is probably all the better for it. This is a very lightly fictionalized non fiction book and tells the story of the an ordinary Japanese American family imprisoned in an internment camp during WW2 and the authors gradual teasing out of the story from her grandmother over a period of years. The families very ordinariness gives the story a lot of charm and the complexities of her grandparents relationship gives the bo [...]

    28. Moving story of one Japanese families experiences in an internment camp in Montana during WWII. Author Kimi Grant wanted to learn more about her families history and especially about her quiet grandmother while an English major in college and this begins her informal interviews with her grandmother while visiting her each summer. She took several years to learn all she thought her grandmother could tell her, without intruding on her grandmother's privacy or disrespecting her in any way. The stor [...]

    29. This is a well-written and personal account of one of the most shameful episodes in American history: the imprisonment of Japanese-American civilian citizens during World War II. The author's grandparents, along with many thousands of Japanese-American citizens, were required to leave their homes, businesses, and most of their belongings and were taken to prison camps in remote areas of the United States, even though these people were American citizens and had done nothing wrong. In this book, t [...]

    30. This is a wonderful memoir. The author as an adult interviews her Japanese grandmother, whom she never really knew that well while she was growing up. As she spends time with her, she comes to know, understand, and love the old woman. She learns the details of the difficulty those Americans of Japanese extraction faced after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in WWII and the subsequent distrust, prejudice, and ultimately imprisonment of many of them as the war played out. Kimi's grandmother was a teena [...]

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