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Topaz Mosaic (short story)

Creators: Toshio Mori


Three vignettes by Toshio Mori centering on a family in Topaz and the furlough visit of their Nisei soldier son. In the first, an Issei father struggles to write a letter to his son Sam in English. In the second, Sam stops in Salt Lake City to buy presents for his family before visiting them in Topaz the next day, recalling the friend (presumably in Topaz) who was convinced he was a "sucker" for volunteering. In the last, Sam is greeted warmly by his family and learns that a sister has left camp for New York and a brother is also joining the army.

"Topaz Mosaic" was published in two parts in the Pacific Citizen newspaper in October 1944.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like " Unfinished Message " by Toshio Mori; " The Brothers Murata " by Toshio Mori; " A Star Is Something to Steer By " by Mataileen Larkin Ramsdell

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Author Toshio Mori
Publication Date 1944
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Mori, Toshio. "Topaz Mosaic." Pacific Citizen , Oct. 14, 1944, 5 ; Oct. 21, 1944, 5 .