Memoirs, Biographies & Personal Narratives

Akashi, Motomu.  Betrayed Trust: The Story of a Deported Issei and His American-Born Family During WWII.  AuthorHouse, 2004. 


Andrews, E. Brooks.  Balancing on Barbed Wire: The Personal Account of Lost Relationship and Redemption with my Father, Rev. Emery

     Andrews, and the WWII Japanese Internment.  VPGI Enterprises, 2016. 


Ariyoshi, Koji. From Kona to Yen'an: The Political Memoirs of Koji Ariyoshi.  Edited by Alice M. Beechert and Edward D. Beechert.U of Hawaii P,



Bain, Peggie N. Walk with Me Through My Life: From Nintey-Seven Years: a Memoir. Place of publication not identified: publisher not identified,



Bahr, Diana Myers.  The Unquiet Nisei: An Oral History of the Life of Sue Kunitomi Embrey. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. 


Bannai, Lorraine K.  Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and his Quest for Justice.  U of Washington P, 2015.


Burdett, Robert C.  Families 1450, 4506 and 4711: Before, During and After Manzanar.  CreatSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. 


Chang, Gordon, editor. Morning Glory, Evening Shadow: Yamato Ichihashi and His Internment Writings, 1942-1945. Stanford University Press,



Chiura, Obata.  Topaz Moon: Chiura Obata’s Art of the Internment. Edited by Kimi Kodani Hill.  Heyday Books, 2000.     

Christgau, John.  Kokomo Joe: The Story of the First Japanese American Jockey in the United States.  U of Nebraska P, 2009. 


Cole, Diana M. Sideways: Memoir of a Misfit. Diaspora P, 2015. 


Dempster, Brian K. Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement.  Heyday, 2011.


Dempster, Brian Komei, editor.  From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America’s Concentration Camps.  Kearny Street Workshop, 2001. 


Duus, Masayo.  Tokyo Rose, Orphan of the Pacific. Translated by Peter Duus. Kodansha International, 1983.


Egami, Hatsuye.  The Evacuation Diary of Hatsuye Egami. Edited by Claire Gorfinkel.  Intentional Productions, 1995.


Eisenberg, Ellen. The First to Cry Down Injustice: Western Jews and Japanese Removal during WWII. Lexington Books, 2008. 

Embrey, Sue Kunitomi. The Lost Years, 1942-1946. Moonlight Publications, 1972.


Embrey, Sue Kunitomi.  Manzanar Martyr: An Interview with Harry Y. Ueno.  Oral History Program, California State U, 1986.


Fiset, Louis. Imprisoned Apart: The World War II Correspondence of an Issei Couple. U of Washington P, 1997.


Furuya, Suikei. An Internment Odyssey: Haisho Tenten. Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i, 2017.


Fujimoto, Isao.  Bouncing Back: Community, Resilience & Curiosity.  I Street P, 2017. 


Fujino, Diane C. Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama. U of Minnesota P, 2005. 


Garrett, Jessie A., and Ronald C. Larson, editors.  Camp and Community: Manzanar and the Owens Valley.  California State U, Oral History

     Program, Japanese American Project, 2004. 


Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Troop 855 (Orange County, CA).  Relocation Camp Memoirs As Told to Girl Scout Troup 855 by

     Relatives and Friends March 1988.  Orange County Buddhist Church, 1988.


Golden, Yosh, and John Cockrell. Yosh Golden Memoir. Oral History Office, Sangamon State U, 1987.


Gruenewald, Mary Matsuda. Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps. New Sage P, 2005.


Grant, Kimi C. Silver Like Dust: One Family's Story of America's Japanese Internment. New York: Pegasus Books, 2012.

Halloran, Richard.  Sparky: Warrior, Peacemaker, Poet, Patriot.  Watermark Publishing, 2002. 


Hamamoto, Darrell Y.  Blossoms in the Desert: Topaz High School Class of 1945.  Topaz High School Class of 1945, 2003. 


Hansen, Arthur. Japanese American World War II Evacuation Oral History Project. Meckler, 1991.


Hansen, Arthur A. and Betty E. Mitson, editors.  Voices Long Silent: An Oral Inquiry into the Japanese American Evacuation.  Japanese American

     Project, California State U, Fullerton Oral History Program, 1974.


Harth, Erica, editor. Last Witnesses: Reflections on the Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans. Palgrave Macmillan, 2001.

Haslam, Gerald, and Janice E. Haslam.  In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S.I. Hayakawa.  U of Nebraska P, 2011. 


Hayashi, Ken. Around My World in 80 Years: A Japanese American Journey. K. Hayashi, 2002.


Hayashi, Ann Koto. Face of the Enemy, Heart of a Patriot: Japanese-American Internment Narratives.  Garland, 1995.

Havey, Lily Y. N. Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth Behind a World War II Fence. U of Utah P, 2014.


Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board.  Japanese Eyes...American Heart: Personal Reflections on Hawaii's World War II Nisei Soldiers.  Tendai

     Educational Foundation, 1998. 


Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board.  Japanese Eyes...American Heart: Personal Reflections on Hawaii's World War II Nisei Soldiers. Volume II.

     Tendai Educational Foundation, 2012. 


Henderson, Bruce. Rescue at Los Banos: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II.  HarperCollins Publishing, 2016.


Herrera, Hayden.  Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016. 


Hirahara, Naomi.  An American Son: The Story of George Aratani, Found of Mikasa and Kenwood.  Japanese American National Museum, 2001. 


Hirahara, Naomi and Gwenn M. Jensen.  Silent Scars of Healing Hands: Oral Histories of Japanese American Doctors in World War II Detention

     Camps.  Center for Oral and Public History, California State U, 2004. 


Hirasaki, Manabi, and Naomi Hirahara.  A Taste for Strawberries: The Independent Journey of Nisei Farmer Manabi Hirasaki.  Applewood Books,



Hibi, Hisako, and Hibuki H. Lee. Peaceful Painter: Memoirs of an Issei Woman Artist. Heyday Books, 2004.

Kawaratani, Yukio. Reluctant Samurai: Memoirs of an Urban Planner.  Yukio Kawaratani, 2007.


Hayami, Stanley Kunio.  Stanley Hayami, Nisei son: His Diary, Letters, and Story from an American Concentration Camp to Battlefield, 1942-1945.  

     Annotated by Joanne Oppenheim. Brick Tower, 2008. 


Higashide, Seiichi. Adios to Tears: The Memoirs of a Japanese-Peruvian Internee in U.S. Concentration Camps. U of Washington P, 2000.


Hirai, Kihei, and Tutsuden Kashima.  Life Behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawaii Issei. U of Hawaii P, 2007. 


Higa, Tarō. Memoirs of a Certain Nisei, 1916-1985 =: Aru Nisei No Wadachi. Higa Publishing, 1988.


Hirabayashi, Gordon E., James A. Hirabayashi, and Lane Ryo Hirabayashi. A Personal Stand: The Story of Gordon Hirabayashi vs the United States.        U of Washington P, 2013.


Honda, Gail, editor. Family Torn Apart: The Internment Story of the Otokichi Muin Ozaki Family. Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2012.


Hosokawa, Bill.  Out of the Frying Pan: Reflections of a Japanese American.  UP of Colorado, 1998. 


Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki, and James D. Houston. Farewell to Manzanar.  1973. Rinehart and Winston, 1999.


Ishihara, Terry, and Ben Hara. Trials and Triumphs: A Collection of 21 Memoirs. Terry Ishihara and Ben Hara, 2004.


Inouye, Daniel K.  Journey to Washington.  Prentice-Hall, 1967.


Johns, Barbara.  The Hope of Another Spring: Takuichi Fujii, Artist and Wartime Witness.  U of Washington P, 2017. 


Kano, Reverand Hisanori. Nikkei Farmer on the Nebraska Plains: A Memoir. Texas Tech UP, 2010.


Kashiwagi, Hiroshi.  Swimming in the American: A Memoir and Selected Writings.  Asian American Curriculum Project, 2005.


Kessler, Lauren.  Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family.  Oregon State UP, 2008.   


Kikuchi, Charles, and John Modell, editors. The Kikuchi Diary: Chronicle from an American Concentration Camp: The Tanforan Journals of

     Charles Kikuchi. U of Illinois P, 1973. 


Kim, Heidi, editor.  Taken from the Paradise Isle: The Hoshida Family Story, 1912-1945. UP of Colorado, 2015.   


Kitashima, Tsuyako “Sox,” and Joy K. Morimoto. Birth of an Activist: The Sox Kitashima Story. Asian American Curriculum Project, 2003.


Kitagawa, Daisuke.  Issei and Nisei: The Internment Years. Seabury P, 1967. 


Kiyota, Minoru.  Beyond Loyalty: The Story of a Kiebei.  U of Hawaii P, 1997.


Kobayashi, Yutaka.  A Nisei's American Odyssey: An Account of Various Periods in the Life of Yutaka Kobayashi of Wellesley, Massachusetts

     CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016. 


Kochiyama, Yuri.  Passing It On – A Memoir.  Edited by Marjorie Lee, Akemi Kochiyama-Sardinha, and Audee Kochiyam-Holman.  UCLA Asian

     American Studies Center P, 2004. 


Kugel, Robert B.  Victory Without Swords: The Story of Pat and Lily Okura, Japanese American Citizens in 1941 America.  Heritage Books, 2004. 


Masaoka, Mike, and Bill Hosokawa.  They Call Me Moses Masaoka: An American Saga.  William Morrow, 1987. 


Matsumoto, Yoshiko Susan Kawaguchi, and Pamela Varma Brown.  My Name is Yoshiko.  Write Path, 2015. 


Mayeno, Arthur S. Internment 1942-1945. A.S.M., 2002.


McKay, Susan.  The Courage Our Stories Tell: The Daily Lives and Maternal Child Health Care of Japanese American Women at Heart Mountain

     Western History Publications, 2002. 


McReynolds, John V. Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese: of One Hundred Families, Only Two Returned : the Power of Profit and Prejudice.  Press Box

     Productions, 2010.


Nakamura, Nellie Y. S, Shizue Seigel, Margaret E. Cooper, and Chris Kobayashi. A Century of Change: The Memoirs of Nellie Yae Sumiye Nakamura

     from 1902 to 2002.  David Nakamura, 2002.


Nakamura, Mary Y. White Road of Thorns: Journalist’s Diary - Trials and Tribulations of the Japanese American Internment During World War II.

     Xlibris Corp., 2015.


Nakadate, Neil. Looking After Minidoka: An American Memoir.  Indiana UP, 2013.


Nakagawa, George. The Cross on Castle Rock: A Childhood Memoir.  iUniverse, 2003.


Ogawa, Dennis M.  First Among Nisei: The Life and Writings of Masaji Marumoto.  Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Distributed by U of

     Hawaii P, 2007. 


Okada, John.  No-No Boy. 1957.  U of Washington P, 2014.  


Okubo, Miné. Citizen 13660.  1946.  U of Washington P, 2014.


Omi, George Minoru.  American Yellow.  First Edition Design Publishing, 2016. 


Omoto, Susan. Remembering: Voices of the Japanese American internment of World War II.  J.G. Burke, 2006. 


Riley, Karen Lea.  Schools Behind Barbed Wire: The Untold Story of Wartime Internment and the Children of Arrested Enemy Aliens.  Rowman &

     Littlefield, 2002.


Robinson, Greg. The Great Unknown: Japanese American Sketches. UP of Colorado, 2016.


Robinson, Greg and Elena Tajima Creef, editors.  Miné Okubo: Following Her Own Road.  U of Washington P, 2008. 


Sakamoto, Pamela Rotner.  Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds.  Harper Perennial, 2017. 


Sashihara, Thomas. From Tozaburo to Thomas. Publisher not identified, 1985.


Sato, Kiyo. Kiyo's Story: A Japanese-American Family's Quest for the American Dream.  Soho P, 2009.


Sato, Kiyo.  Dandelion through the Crack: The Sato Family Quest for the American Dream.  Willow Valley, 2007. 


Schrager, Adam.  The Principled Politician: Governor Ralph Carr and the Fight against Japanese American Internment.  Fulcrum Publishing, 2008. 


Seto, Grace. Nisei Mom and Issei Daddy: A Memoir of My Parents.  Kimicho Publishing, 2007.


Shelton, Mary.  The Red Lacquer Bridge.  AuthorHouse, 2006. 


Shibata, Yoshimi. Across Two Worlds: Memoirs of a Nisei Flower Grower.  Mt. Eden Floral Company, 2006. 


Shirai, Noboru. Tule Lake: An Issei Memoir.  Muteki P, 2001.


Soga, Keiho Yasutaro. Life Behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawai’I Issei. University of Hawai’i Press, 2008.


Sone, Monica Itoi.  Nisei Daughter.  1953. U of Washington P, 2014. 


Suyemoto, Toyo.  I Call to Remembrance: Toyo Suyemoto's Years of Internment.   Edited by Susan B. Richardson.  Rutgers UP, 2007.  


Townsend, George L. Service with the War Relocation Authority, 1942-1946.  Publisher not identified, 1983.


Takeuchi, Beatrice. School of Design in Chicago: Refugees East and West. Publisher not identified, 1998. 


Takemoto, Paul Howard, Kenneth Takemoto, and Alice Takemoto.  Nisei Memories: My Parents Talk About the War Years. U of Washington P,



Tashiro, Kenneth A. "Wase Time!": A Teen's Memoirs of Gila River Internment Camp Days.  AuthorHouse, 2005.


Tanabe, Hiroshi H, Thomas T. Sakamoto, and Joseph D. Harrington. United States Army Military Intelligence Service (mis): Personal Accounts of

     Japanese American Veterans : Oral History Project of the Japanese American Citizens League, Florin Chapter.  Florin Japanese American

     Citizens League, 1997.


Tateishi, John. And Justice For All: An Oral History of the Japanese American Detention Camps. U of Washington P, 1999.


Tsukamoto, Mary, and Elizabeth Pinkerton.  We The People: A Story of Internment in America.  Laguna Publishers, 2008. 


Uchida, Yoshiko.  Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family. 1982.  U of Washington P, 2015.  


Uyeda, Clifford I. Suspended: Growing Up Asian in America.  National Japanese American Historical Society, 2000.


Wada, Robert M. From Internment, to Korea, to Solitude: Memoir of Robert M. Wada. Booksurge, 2009.


Welky, Ali.  A Captive Audience: Voices of Japanese American Youth in World War II Arkansas.  Butler Center Books, 2015. 


Woodward, Mary. In Defense of our Neighbors: The Walt and Milly Woodward Story. Fenwick, 2008. 


Yoneda, Karl G.  Ganbatte: Sixty-Year Struggle of a Kibei Worker.  Asian American Studies Center, UCLA, 1983.