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Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation (book)
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Pioneering novel by Yoshiko Uchida that was the first book for children on the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans written by a Japanese American. Based in part on Uchida's own family experience, Journey to Topaz was the first of five books the prolific children's book author wrote that focused on the incarceration experience. The protagonist of the novel is Yuki Sakane, who is eleven years old when the story begins. We meet her family of four—described by two literary scholars as "an ideal—and idealized—American family"—that includes her Issei parents and college age brother Ken in Berkeley as they look forward to the holidays. After her father is arrested by the FBI and taken away to an internment camp, the family must divest itself of its home and possessions in preparation for being forcibly removed and sent first to Tanforan , where they live in a former horse stall, then to the Topaz , Utah, concentration camp. The description of the conditions and life in the camps include the rudimentary state of the shared bathroom facilities, the long lines to the mess hall, and the makeshift schools. Meanwhile, Yuki and her friend Emiko make the best of camp life, while Ken works in the camp hospital and ultimately decides to enlist in the army upon the formation of the nd Regimental Combat Team in