THE THINGS WE CARRY

Four works of literature written by Japanese-Americans who were incarcerated during World War II reveal a devastating chapter in America’s past — as well as clues about why history is now repeating itself.

By Thessaly La Force
Social Studies


IT WAS THE LATE ’60s, and a University of California, Berkeley, undergraduate named Shawn Wong wanted to write the next great American novel. He was born in Oakland, Calif., in 1949 to parents who emigrated from Tianjin, China, both of whom died by the...

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