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The Summer of '43 (short story)

Creators: Noburu Endow


Short story centering on Akira Koyama, a Nisei man who has left an unspecified concentration camp to attend college in Utah. There, he stubbornly tries to find a summer job in the face of rampant discrimination. After being turned down for a draftsman position because of his ancestry, he visits a laundry owned by an acquaintance's family in search of other leads. Meanwhile, Dale, a white navy veteran and one of his college roommates, suffers from stomach pains that resemble appendicitis. Akira accompanies him to the hospital and waits as Dale has successful surgery. After a conversation with the doctor, Akira is offered a job at the hospital.

The Summer of '43 appeared in the anthology Fusion 6: A Japanese American Anthology , published by the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University in 1990.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like " Case History " by Bradford Smith; " Join Me in Laughter " by Toshio Mori; " Give Us This Day " by Henry H. Ebihara

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Author Noburu Endow
Publication Date 1990
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Endow, Noboru. "The Summer of '43". Fusion 6: A Japanese American Anthology . San Francisco: Asian American Studies Department, San Francisco State University, 1990. 31–38