In America's Shadow (Hardcover)

By Kimberly Komatsu, Kaleigh Komatsu, Kevin Starr (Foreword by), Mitchell T. Maki

Thomas George Books, 9780970982902, 96pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2004

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This critically acclaimed and widely used educational resource chronicles the history and experiences of Japanese Americans from immigration to the World War II internment camps. Told through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather, it shows how those in the camps preserved their dignity, sense of family, and American identity. Included is a collection of historic photographs that detail the Japanese American experience.

About the Author

Kimberly Komatsu was the recipient of the Carter G. Woodson Book Award and is currently a graduate student at San Jose State University. Kaleigh Komatsu is an award-winning documentary producer and children's book author who has been recognized with the Davey Award and multiple Telly Awards for filmmaking excellence. She is a former curator at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Kevin Starr is the California State Librarian Emeritus and professor at the University of Southern California. He is the author of "Americans and the California Dream." Mitchell T. Maki is the associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University-Los Angeles. He is the author of "Achieving the Impossible Dream." They all live in Los Angeles.

Praise For In America's Shadow

“A beautiful contribution to last forever.”  —PBS

“An excellent pictorial and textual introduction to Japanese Americans and how America, a nation of immigrants, benefited from its history of cultural pluralism and came to be what it is today.”  —James Hirabayashi, professor emeritus, San Francisco State University

“Kimberly and Kaleigh Komatsu tell a rich story through photos and words . . . in a way history books cannot, they give a glimpse of the Japanese American experience in the internment camps, showing how those in the camps hung onto their humanity, sense of family and American identity.”  —Skipping Stones

“Period photographs, many from the authors' collection, illustrate the volume and convey the breathtaking landscape . . . as well as the bleak transformation brought about by the war.”  —Publishers Weekly