Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds

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Meticulously researched and beautifully written, the true story of a Japanese American family that found itself on opposite sides during World War II—an epic tale of family, separation, divided loyalties, love, reconciliation, loss, and redemption—this is a riveting chronicle of U.S.–Japan relations and the Japanese experience in America.

After their father’s death, Harry, Frank, and Pierce Fukuhara—all born and raised in the Pacific Northwest—moved to Hiroshima, their mother’s ancestral home. Eager to go back to America, Harry returned in the late 1930s. Then came Pearl Harbor. Harry was sent to an internment camp until a call came for Japanese translators and he dutifully volunteered to serve his country. Back in Hiroshima, his brothers Frank and Pierce became soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army.

As the war raged on, Harry, one of the finest bilingual interpreters in the United States Army, island-hopped across the Pacific, moving ever closer to the enemy—and to his younger brothers. But before the Fukuharas would have to face each other in battle, the U.S. detonated the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, gravely injuring tens of thousands of civilians, including members of their family.

Alternating between the American and Japanese perspectives, Midnight in Broad Daylight captures the uncertainty and intensity of those charged with the fighting as well as the deteriorating home front of Hiroshima—as never told before in English—and provides a fresh look at the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Intimate and evocative, it is an indelible portrait of a resilient family, a scathing examination of racism and xenophobia, an homage to the tremendous Japanese American contribution to the American war effort, and an invaluable addition to the historical record of this extraordinary time.

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About the author

Pamela Rotner Sakamoto is an  American historian. Fluent in Japanese, she lived in Kyoto and Tokyo for seventeen years. She works as an expert consultant on Japan-related projects for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and has taught in the University of Hawaii system. She is on the faculty at Punahou School in Honolulu.

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HarperCollins
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Jan 5, 2016
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Pages
480
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ISBN
9780062351951
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English
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History / Asia / Japan
History / Military / World War II
History / United States / 20th Century
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一個二戰期間擺盪於美國與日本的「二世」家庭故事。夾在兩個祖國之間,哪裡才是他們的國家?是生長之處,還是父母的故鄉?


◎珍珠港受襲的那一天,鄰居成為敵人

某個午後,在白人雇主家除草的哈利.福原,接到解雇通知,因為日本偷襲了珍珠港。那一刻,他的出生之地美國與他的祖國日本,變成了敵國。


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福原一家在二十世紀初移民美國,哈利是第二代,也就是一般所稱的「二世」。在遭遇三〇年代的經濟大蕭條後,原本活躍於美國社會的父親驟然去世,一家人生活陷入困境。為了生存與教育他們只得遷回日本。但這家人擁有的「身分」,使得他們不論在日本或美國都遭受質疑。不久,他們面臨第二次世界大戰到來。


◎原子彈落下的那一刻,他開始後悔當初的選擇

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◎作者花費十七年採訪調查,台灣版搶先收錄作者最新訪談內容。


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