Midnight in Broad Daylight

Midnight in Broad Daylight

A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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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 his own land-America-Harry returned in the late 1930s. Then came Pearl Harbor. Despite being sent to an internment camp, Harry 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, 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 and provides a fresh look at the dropping of the first atomic bomb.
Publisher: Old Saybrook : Tantor Media, Inc., 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781494599454
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
text file
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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ArapahoeCynthiaK Feb 23, 2017

Great title for a deeper understanding of the Japanese American experience .... as experienced by one family whose family members were living America and Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The concentration camp experience in Japanese American literature has less personal affect as my parents did not live through that experience. In this book, the kibei (Japanese born in the U.S. and returned to Japan for schooling) experience does as my grandmother was of this named generation. Had no idea of the kind of family tensions that could arise from such a situation! Another thread I connected with was the Military Intelligence Service where Harry ends up to escape the concentration camp. I had 2 uncles who were in the MIS and I have a deeper understanding and appreciation as seen through Harry's perspective.

Sep 21, 2016

I looked forward to this book, such a complex issue & devastating to the Japanese families. I had problems with the manner in which the story was told, the chronology & just where they were at various periods. I worthy effort & likely very difficult to recount.

Jun 29, 2016

It is one of the best books I've read in 2016. So well researched that it reads like a novel, but it is a true story. There are even scenes in Minnesota. Should be a movie!


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