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When Your Body Has Been Rolled in Thorns (short story)

Creators: Ferris Takahashi


Short story by Ferris Takahashi about a Japanese American family leaving a concentration camp to return to their old home in Los Angeles. Told from the perspective of a college educated Nisei husband and father of two young children, the story begins as they gather up their possessions and prepare to leave the camp. Yosh, a friend who had returned earlier and was able to reestablish his business, greets them at the train station. When they return to their home, they find it trashed and vandalized, with all the furniture gone. They also learn that the Buddhist temple in which they had stored other possessions had burned down. Yosh and his family offer to put them up until they can fix their house. Returning to look more closely at the house after dinner, the man and his Issei mother find racist graffiti. His mother assures him that they will rebound.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

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Author Ferris Takahashi
Publication Date 1981
Website http://ddr.densho.org/media/ddr-pc-53/ddr-pc-53-50-master-cd06d3750f-a.jpg
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For More Information

Takahashi, Ferris. "When Your Body Has Been Rolled in Thorns." Pacific Citizen , Dec. 18–25, 1981, 14 , 52 .