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    "body": "<br/>\n<div class=\"floatright\">\n</div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n <div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Dear Miye: Letters Home from Japan, 1939-1946;\nCreators:Mary Kimoto Tomita;\nInterestLevel:;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Coming of age; Companionship as salvation; Desire to escape; Displacement; Family - blessing or curse; Female roles; Identity crisis; Immigrant experience; Isolation; Loss of innocence; Overcoming - fear, weakness, vice; Self-preservation; War - glory, necessity, pain, tragedy; Will to survive;\nGenre:Memoir; Historical nonfiction;\nPoV:;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Japan;\nChronology:1939-1946;\nFacility:;\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n <p>\n  Title:Dear Miye: Letters Home from Japan, 1939-1946;\nAuthor:Mary Kimoto Tomita;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Stanford University Press;\nPubDate:1995;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:400;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:\n  <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/475845020\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n   http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/475845020\n  </a>\n  ;\n </p>\n</div>\n<p>\n A collection of letters written by a young\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">\n  Nisei\n </a>\n woman in Japan who becomes stuck there during World War II to her best friend who is still in California.\n</p>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"Synopsis\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Synopsis\">\n   Synopsis\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   This compilation of letters begins with an introduction by the editor, Robert G. Lee,  that provides context and some additional information about the period of her life from which the letters date. Mary Kimoto Tomita, the author of the letters, had been studying in Japan, and boarded a ship to return to California in December 1941. Pearl Harbor was attacked while the ship was at sea, and it was forced to return to Japan; Mary was thus forced to spend the war years in Japan with no ability to communicate with her family in California and with very few resources available to her.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   The letters are all addressed to her best friend in California, Miye, and begin while Mary was still attending a school affiliated with a Japanese Christian organization called Rikkokai. In the prewar letters, Mary describes her experiences as a young Nisei woman, her conflicts with her host family due to her refusal to abide by the expectations Japanese conventions placed on her, her friendship with the son of the host family, her reflections on her relationship to Japan, and her hopes and dreams for the future. She was unable to send letters during the war, but the volume includes selections from a paper she later wrote in college detailing her difficult experiences from the attack on Pearl Harbor until the end of the war. She had few people she could depend on, and at one point agreed to an arranged marriage that was very soon dissolved because her husband immediately lost interest in her. She eventually moved in with a relative in the countryside who, while destitute, still made room for her and tried to care for her despite the dire circumstances across the country.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   The letters to Miye resume with the end of the war and the beginning of the Allied Occupation of Japan--Mary found work with the Occupation Forces because she was bilingual. The Occupation-era letters include Mary's concern for her friend, her frustration with dating American GIs who were not as honorable as they first appeared, and her struggle to get her U.S. citizenship reinstated so that she could return to the U.S. Mary was finally able to leave Japan in 1946.\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"Author_Background\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Author_Background\">\n   Author Background\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   Mary Kimoto was born in 1918 in the Central Valley town of Ceres, California. Her father was a member of the Rikkokai, a Japanese Christian group invested in establishing Japanese Christian agricultural colonies in the Americas. After returning to the U.S. in 1946, she settled in the Boston area where her parents had resettled after their wartime incarceration. She married Yoneo Paul Tomita in 1948, and the two moved to Oakland in 1950. She received a Masters in Library Science from Berkeley and worked as a librarian. She passed away in 2009 at the age of 90.\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"Response\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Response\">\n   Response\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   <i>\n    Dear Miye\n   </i>\n   was very well-received for providing a firsthand account of what it was like for a Nisei woman to experience World War II in Japan. It was lauded for having \"exceptional merit\" and \"provide[ing] a fascinating, and often passionate firsthand description of Japanese, American, and Japanese American society from 'over there.'\"\n   <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n     [1]\n    </a>\n   </sup>\n   It was also praised for \"chronicl[ing Tomita's] efforts to survive....in a voice of immediacy and authenticity.\"\n   <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-2\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-2\">\n     [2]\n    </a>\n   </sup>\n  </p>\n  <div id=\"authorByline\">\n   <b>\n    Authored by\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Emily_Anderson\" title=\"Emily Anderson\">\n     Emily Anderson\n    </a>\n   </b>\n  </div>\n  <div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n   Anderson, Emily\n  </div>\n  <p>\n   Might also like\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Seki-nin (Duty Bound) (book)\" title=\"Seki-nin (Duty Bound) (book)\">\n     Seki-nin (Duty Bound)\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   by George Nakagawa;\n   <i>\n    The Two Worlds of Jim Yoshida\n   </i>\n   by Jim Yoshida and Bill Hosokawa;\n   <i>\n    Midnight in Broad Daylight\n   </i>\n   by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto.\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>",
    "moreinfo": "<div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n   For More Information\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   Burress, Charles. \"\n   <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Mary-Kimoto-Tomita-dies-librarian-activist-3165888.php\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    Mary Kimoto Tomita dies: librarian, activist\n   </a>\n   .\"\n   <i>\n    SF Gate\n   </i>\n   , Apr. 3, 2009.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   \"\n   <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://cerescourier.com/archives/55819/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    Mary Kimoto Tomita, 'different' victim of Pearl Harbor, dies at age 90\n   </a>\n   .\"\n   <i>\n    Ceres Courier\n   </i>\n   , Apr. 8, 2009.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Fujita-Rony, Dorothy. \"A Shared Pacific Arena: Empire, Agriculture, and the Life Narratives of Mary Paik Lee, Angeles Monrayo, and Mary Tomita.\"\n   <i>\n    Frontiers\n   </i>\n   34.2 (2013): 25-51.\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>",
    "reviews": "<div class=\"section\" id=\"Reviews\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reviews\">\n   Reviews\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   Daniels, Roger.\n   <i>\n    Journal of American Ethnic History\n   </i>\n   16.2 (Winter 1997): 105-06.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"https://muse.jhu.edu/article/14511\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    Fujita-Rony, Thomas Y.\n   </a>\n   <i>\n    Journal of Asian American Studies\n   </i>\n   1.1 (Feb 1998): 112-14.\n  </p>\n  Sood, M.\n  <i>\n   Choice\n  </i>\n  33.1 (June 1996): 5931.\n  <ol class=\"references\">\n   <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n    <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n     <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n      ↑\n     </a>\n    </span>\n    <span class=\"reference-text\">\n     Thomas Y. Fujita-Rony,\n     <i>\n      Journal of Asian American Studies\n     </i>\n     1.1 (Feb 1998): 112.\n    </span>\n   </li>\n   <li id=\"cite_note-2\">\n    <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n     <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-2\">\n      ↑\n     </a>\n    </span>\n    <span class=\"reference-text\">\n     M. Sood,\n     <i>\n      Choice\n     </i>\n     33.10 (June 1996): 5931.\n    </span>\n   </li>\n  </ol>\n  <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.128 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.132 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 359/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2225/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 6221/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1638/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 3/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n  <!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:4090-0!*!0!!en!5!* and timestamp 20180309150426 and revision id 28110\n -->\n </div>\n</div>",
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