My Name Is Yoshiko (book)
Creators: Yoshiko Susan Kawaguchi Matsumoto with Pamela Varma Brown
Memoir of an ordinary Nisei woman that includes her wartime incarceration in American concentration camps. Yoshiko Kawaguchi (born in 1921) was the eldest daughter in a farm family in Downey, California. After attending sewing school, World War II hits and the family ends up in the horse stalls of Santa Anita , then in the Rohwer , Arkansas, concentration camp. Resettling in Michigan, she eventually gets a job at a fancy restaurant. She meets and marries a Nisei from Kaua'i and settles in Chicago, where her sisters and parents also eventually settle. Her husband becomes a mail carrier, and they adopt a girl. Later, they move to back to Downey and retire in Kaua'i.
My Name is Yoshiko is unusual in that it doesn't dwell on the war years and includes much on the resettlement period and the postwar years and on the variety of jobs the author held over the years. The book was completed and published in 2015, when the author was 94 years old.
Might also like: We the People : A Story of Internment in America by Mary Tsukamoto and Elizabeth Pinkerton; Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese-American Internment Camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald; Kiyo's Story by Kiyo Sato.