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Tea with Milk by Allen Say
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Sep 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: asian-americans, children, japan, picture-books, history, non-fiction, genealogy
Read on September 04, 2011

Since I've also read Grandfather's Journey, it was really neat to see another part of Allen Say's family story, this time about his mother and father. Having lived in Japan as a European-American, I can't imagine what it would have been like for a Japanese-American to return there after having grown up in the U. S. in the 1930's. After reading Say's mother's story, I think she was pretty brave to have stayed there. Even though it's historical, I think it would be a good read for anybody experiencing reverse culture shock (well, and for her it wasn't even reverse since she was born in America!)

I'd be interested to know what happened to people like that during WWII--I imagine things must have gotten worse for them just as they did for Japanese-Americans in the U. S. It must have been so painful to want to be accepted, but to be rejected as a foreigner in one's own country, on either side.

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