“Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family caught between two worlds” by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto

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“Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family caught between two worlds” by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto

About the Author

Pamela Rotner Sakamoto is a writer, historian, and teacher in Honolulu. Fluent in Japanese, she lived in Kyoto and Tokyo for seventeen years. She is the author of two books. Pamela has worked offsite for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum as an expert consultant on Japan for more than twenty years, first in Tokyo and more recently in Honolulu. She chairs the Academy Social Studies department at Punahou School, where she teaches Asian History, European History, and Bias Studies.

Midnight in Broad Daylight

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

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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“Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family caught between two worlds” by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto

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Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 15.5 × 12.65 × 2 in
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Hardcover – $30.00, Paperback – $20.00

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074