My Nisei Story: A Journey of Great Satisfaction
This is a brief outline of "My Nisei Story: A Journey of Great Satisfaction." In order to fully understand it and to appreciate it, one may need to read the book in its entirety. This story is about the author's life and his journey. The first part of the book is about his early experiences. It describes his ancestry, as a child growing up in Pasadena (CA) and about how hard his parents worked. Descriptions of his early education, his Americanization, his childhood friends and his love of sports, are related. Then he experiences racial prejudice and it affects his educational path. The way that prejudice was organized and its perpetuation, is explained. He had faith that eventually Americans would allow him to overcome it. Suddenly, there is the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan. It was a tremendous shock and disaster for all people of Japanese extraction on the U.S. West Coast. However, it gave the Nisei the chance to prove their loyalty to the United States. Yes, through military service and their exemplary war record. He presently reflects on our current conflicts in Iraq and in Afghanistan. The United States Military should have prepared and practiced what it learned during World War II. That comment is in reference to the use of Americans of Japanese ancestry in the war against Japan, as expressed in a small part of this book. The military effort in our war with Iraq and with our conflict in Afghanistan could have been better performed, if a similar approach had been anticipated and applied. He graduates from engineering college and eventually meets Etta, a young Caucasian woman at work. They fall into a true love. Then later in the story, some information of the Stiadle family, Etta's family, is presented. Etta and he leave Cleveland (OH) for Pasadena (CA), his home town. They are undergoing divorces from their spouses. They find employment with the same company and then, marry. They started with very few worldly possessions. Then, descriptions of
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