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Keiko's Kimono: A Doll's Journey to America in 1869 with the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony
Okei was a 17-year-old girl living in Aizu, Japan during the tumultuous time of the Boshin Civil War. With her world rapidly disintegrating around her, her fate became even more uncertain when her neighbor, Prussian arms merchant and samurai, John Henry Schnell, asked her to go to America with him to help his wife care for their infant child. Okei reluctantly agreed, as a ...more
Published November 8th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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I love historical fiction and this book wove not only the story of the Japanese's last Emperor but also first Japanese settlement in America in the California Gold Country. As a Vietnamese refugee, leaving my home in 1975, I find this book relatable as a teenager starting out a new life in a foreign country. The main character struggled with the cultural changes but she was determined and devoted to her new family and community. Reading the book as a resident of Sacramento, I find it fascinating ...more