Category Archives: Berkeley Workshop

  1. Shadows from World War II: A Sansei Reflection

    December 17, 2018 by Admin

    Author’s Note: In the opening section of this story, I draw from the same event that opens “The Family Secret,” …
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  2. Sunflowers

    December 17, 2018 by Admin

    The very last memory I have of walking out of my Block 20, Barrack 4, Apartment B (20-4-B), where I …
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  3. The Topaz Box Speaks

    December 17, 2018 by Admin

    It’s windy . . . It’s dusty . . . It’s cold as hell . . . It’s just another …
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  4. A Sleepy Lagoon and A Lake in Tanforan Racetrack Assembly Center

    September 13, 2014 by Admin

    By Kazuko Iwahashi A popular song in 1941-42, “Sleepy Lagoon,” was originally written in 1930 as an instrumental work by a …
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  5. A Tale of Three White Houses

    September 13, 2014 by Admin

    By Kazue Nakahara I grew up in a white house in Lake City, a white middle-class neighborhood in the northeast …
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  6. Freedom Prison Home

    September 13, 2014 by Admin

    By Arthur Mayeno Authors’ Note: In 2005, Arthur Mayeno wrote and illustrated the story of his childhood and adolescence because …
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  7. Freedom Prison Home – Epilogue

    September 13, 2014 by Admin

    By Laurin Mayeno Author’s Note: Laurin Mayeno wrote this piece as a tribute to her father and a continuation of …
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In the aftermath of World War II, more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry – roughly two-thirds of whom were American citizens – were released from forced imprisonment in U.S. concentration camps. But released to return where, after being taken from their homes along the West Coast? When they were finally allowed to leave the internment camps, they faced a new challenge: How do you resume a life so interrupted.