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The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
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Oct 19, 11

bookshelves: 2011, historical-fiction, cultural-identity
Read in October, 2011

A beautiful and heart wrenching book about the plight of six Japanese mail order brides in the early 1900s. The historical background of these women was clearly researched and the author lays out specific aspects of their transition from the boat ride over, to the wedding night, to working on migrant farms and as a maid, to having children, to entering internment camps during World War II.

It's very brief (130ish pages), but it feels substantial in content. At points the book became tiresome because the author kept listing things in paragraph form and rarely left her formula. Overall, the book was hopeful and should definitely make us thankful we've learned from our mistakes with regard to treatment of Japanese immigrants. Now if only our mistreatment of other social and ethnic minorities would change, too!
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