Perry Miyake 21st Century Manzanar

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21st Century Manzanar

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When World War III turns into the Economic War with Japan, all-Japanese products, investments, and businesses are banned. When that fails to revive the sinking U.S. economy; old prejudices resurface and turn on anyone of Japanese ancestry. Executive Order 9066 is reinstated and Japanese Americans are ordered to abandon their jobs, homes and property to real Americans and report to internment camps.

Late as usual, David Takeda puts his sister Kate and her family on a train and waits for his brother John so they can report before the deadline to the same internment camp where his parents and grandparents spent WWII—Manzanar. When John is beaten to death by overzealous patriots on the 405 while stuck in traffic, David sees the aftermath on a TV news special report. He makes his way through the gridlocked, gang-controlled Beirut that L.A. has become and eventually reaches Manzanar, where a camp commandant awaits with her own ambitious vision of a final solution.

In the last section of the book, David escapes with other internees through Death Valley and into a Navajo reservation in Arizona, where the escapees undergo a spiritual resurrection from modern America.

A dark portrait of an America gone wrong, Perry Miyake’s debut novel artfully balances a haunting account of psychological and physical survival with serio-comic social observations that are dramatic, humorous, and hopeful. With anti-Japanese sentiment on the rise, from Michael Crichton’s Rising Sun to Jerry Bruckheimer’s summer blockbuster, Pearl Harbor, 21st Century Manzanar is not just an absorbing and provocative novel, but a timely and important one.

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A dark portrait of America gone wrong, Perry Miyake's debut novel artfully balances a haunting account of psychological and physical survival with serio-comic social observations that are dramatic, humorous and hopeful. With war-mentality fear on the rise, 21st Century Manzanar is not just an absorbing and provocative novel, but a timely and important one.

About the Author:

Perry Miyake is an award-winning playwright whose numerous productions with East West Players (EWP) since 1978 earned him the 2000 "Made In America" Award for playwriting from the preeminent theater group. A former Rockefeller Foundation Playwright-In-Residence with EWP, he has also worked with Seattle Group Theater and the comedy group Cold Tofu. A second-generation graduate of Venice High School and grandson of Issei poet Leo Kamezo Suzuki, he still calls Venice, California home.

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