By Bill Hosokawa
This can be a clean, own account of 1 of the best injustices in 20th-century US background. invoice Hosokawa, this country's top jap American journalist, tells how he, his spouse, and their child baby have been herded right into a US international battle II relocation camp in Wyoming. After graduating from the collage of Washington, the younger invoice Hosokawa won prominence as a reporter for the "Singapore Herald", the "Shanghai Times", and the "Far japanese Review". even if, his interment in the course of global warfare II all at once positioned his budding journalism occupation on indefinite carry. To his success, he stumbled on paintings at "The Denver submit" after the conflict, the place he rose in the course of the ranks from replica table leader to affiliate editor and editor of the editorial web page. regardless of his transitority imprisonment, Hosokawa controlled to start publishing his well known 'From the Frying Pan' column within the Pacific Citizen within the early days of worldwide warfare II, a column he wrote with no interruption for over fifty years.
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My legs were still unsteady. I found a cheap hotel room, slept around the clock, and took a slow, slow train for Portland. Alice, with a big, bright-eyed boy named Mike in her arms, was waiting for me on the platform. The attack on Pearl Harbor was less than a month and a half away. Page 25 Chapter Two From the Fire Into the Frying Pan On a bright, sunny Sunday morning, unusual for Seattle in December, I was raking leaves in the yard of my father's home when Alice appeared at the back door. ''Jack Maki's on the phone," she said.
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