Life after Manzanar PREORDER

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From the editor of the award-winning Children of Manzanar, Heather C. Lindquist, and Edgar Award winner Naomi Hirahara comes a nuanced account of the “Resettlement”: the relatively unexamined period when ordinary people of Japanese ancestry, having been unjustly imprisoned during World War II, were finally released from custody. Given twenty-five dollars and a one-way bus ticket to make a new life, some ventured east to Denver and Chicago to start over, while others returned to Southern California only to face discrimination and an alarming scarcity of housing and jobs. Hirahara and Lindquist weave new and archival oral histories into an engaging narrative that illuminates the lives of former internees in the postwar era, both in struggle and unlikely triumph. Readers will appreciate the painstaking efforts that rebuilding required, and will feel inspired by the activism that led to redress and restitution—and that built a community that even now speaks out against other racist agendas.

Published in collaboration with Manzanar History Association

Advance Praise

“Through this thoughtful story, we see how the harsh realities of the incarceration experience follow real lives, and how Manzanar will sway generations to come. When you finish the last chapter you will demand to read more.”—Gary Mayeda, national president of the Japanese American Citizens League


“An engaging, well-written telling of how former Manzanar detainees played key roles in remembering and righting the wrong of the World War II incarceration. Oral history testimonies and memoirs help personalize the decades following the war—a period of recovery from the nightmare of an American concentration camp.”—Tom Ikeda, executive director of Densho

About the Authors

Naomi Hirahara has written many books about Southern California Japanese American history, most recently Terminal Island: Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor, cowritten with Geraldine Knatz. She is also a mystery writer: her Edgar Award–winning Mas Arai Mystery Series features a Japanese American gardener, Hiroshima survivor, and sometimes sleuth. Hirahara lives in Pasadena.
Heather C. Lindquist grew up in the Pacific Northwest not far from the Bellevue blueberry fields that Japanese American families had to abandon when they were removed from the West Coast during World War II. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in American Studies, Lindquist discovered a love of exhibit planning and writing while serving as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Later applying this experience to developing interpretive exhibits for Manzanar National Historic Site and other National Park Service venues, Heather Lindquist collaborates with her husband, Mark Lindquist, in their media production and exhibit planning company, Harvest Moon Studio. She is a contributing author to Freedom in My Heart, edited by Cynthia Jacobs Carter and published by the U.S. National Slavery Museum in association with National Geographic. Lindquist lives in Los Angeles.