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Books about Topaz

Arrington, Leonard J. The Price of Prejudice 2nd ed., Delta, UT: Topaz Museum, 1997. Factual account of Topaz with details of internment, agriculture and employment, and closing. Updated with photographs and reprinted by the Topaz Museum is now online. See the Digital Archive.

de Nevers, Klancy Clark, The Colonel and the Pacifist. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 2004. Story of WWII Internment mastermind Colonel Karl Bendetsen and his neighbor Perry Saito, who was incarcerated at the Tule Lake Relocation Center.

Dempster, Brian Komei, ed. From our Side of the Fence San Francisco, CA: Kearny Street Workshop, 2001. Writing of former internees, fifty years after internment.

---------. Making Home from War.: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement. Berkeley, CA: Heyday, 2011. Stories by people were in  Topaz and other camps.

Driesbach, Janice T. and Susan Landauer., eds. Obata’s Yosemite: The art and letters of Chiura Obata from his trip to the High Sierra in 1927. Yosemite Assoc., 1993.

Hamamoto, Darrell Y., ed. Blossoms in the Desert. So. San Francisco, CA: Giant Horse Printing Co., 2003. Personal accounts from the 1945 class of Topaz High School.

Hibi, Hisako. Peaceful painter: memoirs of an issei woman artist Hisako Hibi. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 2004. Hisako and her husband were artists who worked at the Topaz Art School.

Hill, Kimi Kodani. Topaz Moon: Art of the Internment. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 2000. A biography of Chiura Obata, who started the art school at Tanforan and Topaz.

Irons, Peter, ed. Justice at War: The story of the Japanese American internment cases. New York: Oxford University Press. 1983. Discusses the Fred Korematsu Supreme Court case.

Irons, Peter, ed. Justice Delayed: The Record of the Japanese American Internment Cases. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 1989. A record of the appeals of the Supreme Court test cases, including Fred Korematsu, associated with internment.

Kitano, Harry. Generations and Identity: The Japanese American. Needham Heights, MA: Ginn Press, 1993. Kitano was a Topaz internee and became a professor of sociology at UCLA.

Mori, Toshio. The Chauvinist and other stories. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA, 1979. Short stories written by a former Topaz internee.

Mori, Toshio. Unfinished Message: Selected Works of Toshio Mori. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 2000. More short stories.

Mori, Toshio. Yokohama, California. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1949, 1985. Short stories.

Okubo, Mine Citizen 13660. Seattle, WA: Univ. of Washington Press, 1946. Personal account of life in Topaz with illustrations of the camp by the author.

Otsuka, Julie. When the Emperor was Divine. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. Fiction based on the author’s family experience in Topaz.

Richardson, Susan B., ed. I Call to Remembrance: Toyo Suyemoto's Years of Internment. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007. Before Suyemoto passed away in 2003, she wrote a memoir of her internment camp experiences while she and her family and infant son were in Tanforan Racetrack and, later, the Topaz Relocation Center in Utah.

Robinson, Greg and Elena Tajima Creef, eds. Mine’ Okubo: Following her own road. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2008. Essays about Mine’ Okubo illustrations by her.

Sasaki, R.A. The Loom and other stories. St. Paul, Minnesota: Greywolf Press, 1991. Short stories.

Taylor, Sandra C. Jewel of the Desert: Japanese American Internment at Topaz. Berkeley, CA: Univ. of California Press, 1993. The history of San Francisco Bay area Japanese Americans and their forced internment at Topaz, Ut.

Tunnell, Michael O. and George W. Chilcoat. The Children of Topaz. New York, NY: Holiday House, 1996. Based on a diary kept by Lillian “Anne” Yamauchi Hori’s third grade class in Topaz.

Uchida, Yoshiko. Journey to Topaz. New York, NY: Scribner, 1971. Story of an eleven year-old and her family as they are forced from their home and sent to Topaz, Utah.

Uchida, Yoshiko. Desert Exile. Seattle, WA: Univ. of Washington Press, 1989. Personal account of her family's uprooting from Berkeley, CA. to Topaz.

Books on Internment

Burton, Jeffery F., Mary M. Farrell, Florence B. Lord, Richard W. Lord. Confinement and Ethnicity. Western Archeological and Conservation Center, National Park Service, US Dept of Interior 1999. Provides an overview of the tangible remains currently left at the sites of the Japanese American internment during World War II.

Daniels, Roger. Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, rev. ed. 2004.

Dusselier, Jane E. Artifacts of Loss: Crafting Survival in Japanese American Concentration Camps. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008.

Gesensway, Deborah and Mindy Roseman. Beyond Words: Images from America's Concentration Camps. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1987. Artwork from many of the camps.

Gordon, Linda and Gary Y. Okihiro, eds. Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co., 2006.

Harth, Erica, ed. Last Witnesses: Reflections on the wartime internment of Japanese Americans. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Hatamiya, Leslie T. Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and the Passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1993.

Higa, Karen. The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA, 1992. History of artists in Topaz and other camps.

Hirasuna, Delphine. The Art of Gaman. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. 2005.

Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki and  James D. Houst0n. Farewell to Manzanar. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1973. Based on the author’s experience in Manzanar.

Inada, Lawson F. Drawing the Line. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1997. Poetry.

Inada, Lawson F. Legends from Camp. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1992. Poetry.

Inada, Lawson F. ed. Only What We Could Carry. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 2000. Compilation of varied sorts of documents including government papers, cartoons and personal narratives.

Japanese American Citizens League. Teachers Curriculum Guide A comprehensive tool to help educators teach about the Internment Camp experience of Japanese Americans during World War II. The contents include material for elementary through high school students and also has a complete listing of other resources.

Kessler, Lauren. Stubborn Twig: Generatons in the life of a Japanese American Family. Corvalis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 2005.

Kogawa, Joy. Obasan. Boston: David R. Godine, 1981. Novel about Canadian internment.

Lim, Deborah K. The Lim Report: A research report of Japanese Americans in American Concentration Camps during World War II.  Kearney, NE: Morris Publishing, 2002.

Myers, Joan and Gary Okihiro. Whispered Silences: Japanese Americans and World War II. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996. Photographs taken from all of the camps forty years after internment. Essay by Gary Okihiro.

Okada, John. No-No Boy. San Francisco: Combined Asian American Resources Project, Inc., 1976. Fictional account of an internee who answered "No-No" to the loyalty questions.

Personal Justice Denied: Report of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office, 1982. Record of Congressional hearings in internment.

Stanley, Jerry. I am an American: A true story of Japanese American Internment.  New York: Crown Pub., 1994. Juvenile account of the history of internment.

Weglyn, Michi. Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America's Concentration Camps. New York: Morrow Quill Paperbacks, 1976. Thorough account of internment including Crystal City, Texas.