GROWING UP NISEI: Race, Generation, and Culture among Japanese Americans of California, 1924-49, by David K. Yoo. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000, 180 pp., no price.

The experiences of second-generation Japanese Americans — the Great Depression, world war, postwar prosperity and Cold War — spanned much of the 20th century. Historians of the nisei have, understandably, concentrated on the most dramatic and tragic episode in Japanese-American history: the incarceration of 120,000 alien parents and citizen children during the Pacific War.

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