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A Letter (short story)

Creators: Sasabune Sasaki


Short story by Sasabune Sasaki about a group of Issei internees at an unspecified internment camp in the first days of their detention. Though the men write letters to their families, few have received any letters in return, due to, they believe, delays caused by censorship of the letters and their being moved from camp to camp. One day, the narrator sees a letter in its envelope tacked on a bulletin board at the camp post office and copies it down. It is an anonymously authored letter by a Nisei in English that expresses concern and support for the internees. When the narrator reads it to a group of internees, they are greatly moved.

Originally published in Japan in 1950, the story was reprinted in both Japanese and English in the 1980 anthology Ayumi .

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

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Author Sasabune Sasaki
Publication Date 1950
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For More Information

Sasaki, Sasabune. "A Letter." In Ayumi: A Japanese American Anthology . Edited by Janice Mirikitani, et al. San Francisco: Japanese American Anthology Committee, 1980. 75–79.