Made in Japan and Settled in Oregon Book Summary and Study Guide

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Mitzi Asai's parents immigrated to the United States from Japan early in the 20th century. Her father, the central personage in this memoir, worked all sorts of manual jobs as a young man in order to buy farmland near Hood River, Oregon. He and his wife would raise a family of eight, although circumstance and the affairs of governments ensured that during the Second World War, the oldest daughter would die under American bombs in Yokohama (and her son would be "lost" to the family for some time after being kidnapped and adopted out by in-laws); two of the sons would fight in the US Army in the Pacific theater; while the rest of the family spent the war behind barbed wire on what was, for most of them, their native soil. The youngest of the eight, Mitzi Asai Loftus recounts the saga matter-of-factly, and lets events speak for themselves. Loftus self-published this 1990 memoir; to obtain a copy, write to Pigeon Point Press, Box 3636, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420, or send an e-mail to me at
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   farmer/fisherman Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Japanese Gender/Class story?    -   immigrant story Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   pioneering in countryside Family, love    -   Yes If this is a culture clash:    -   minority culture living in majority area Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Ethnicity    -   Japanese Nationality    -   Japanese


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Pacific NW    -   California Prairie?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   prison    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog

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