Nisei Daughter by Monica Sone [in What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature]
The autobiographical account of a second-generation Japanese American woman growing up in Seattle in the 1920s through the ’40s, her family’s incarceration during World War II in Idaho, and her new life as a college student in Chicago.
Sone writes one of the most eloquent passages questioning the Japanese American concentration camp experience: “What was I doing behind a fence like a criminal? If there were accusations to be made, why hadn’t I been given a fair trial? Maybe I wasn’t considered an American anymore. My citizenship wasn’t real, after all. Then what was I?”
Readers: Young Adult, Adult