Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement


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Heyday Books
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6.05 X 0.69 X 8.99 inches | 0.89 pounds

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About the Author

Brian Komei Dempster is a Sansei (third-generation Japanese American). He received BAs in American ethnic studies and English from the University of Washington and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. His poems have been published in various journals and anthologies. Dempster is the editor of From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America's Concentration Camps, which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society. His debut book of poems, Topaz, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in fall 2013. He is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member of Asian Pacific American studies at the University of San Francisco. Currently, he divides his time between teaching and serving as Director of Administration for the master of arts program in Asia Pacific studies.


"I remember my release from Manzanar as scary and intense, but until now so little has been said about this aspect of the internment experience. This is an important book, its stories ground-breaking and memorable."--Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, author of Farewell to Manzanar

"The Nisei memoirists emerge from the creative process voicing this collective yet richly variegated conclusion: 'while resettlement will never be a truly definitive entity, we are nonetheless finding our way back home in the discovery and telling of our stories.'"--Arthur A. Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies at California State University, Fullerton

"These stories tiptoe gently into the heart, wipe clear the windows of our memories, and release the frozen tears of our outrage and triumphs. A deeply moving accounting of life after imprisonment, its lingering stigma, and the true meaning of freedom."--Dr. Satsuki Ina, producer of Children of the Camps

"In my teacher professional development work nationally and internationally . . . I will [promote] Making Home from War. The readings . . . are very accessible to secondary school students and I highly recommend their use in social studies and language arts classrooms. The lesson plans are a unique feature to the anthologies and offer teachers tools to help set the context for the readings and to help students debrief them."--Gary Mukai, Director of Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education