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 Today I am happly to share with you a story at that time world war II a lady was growing. Hisaye Yamamoto is natively from Japan during war.  Hisaye Yamamotoin young age  interested in writting and learning english She was the Japanese American writers. Hisaye Yamamoto (1921-2011) was one of the very first Japanese American writers to win fame and recognition across the country following World War II. Yamamoto’s childhood in an agricultural community that was populated by immigrants, as well as her imprisonment in the World War II U.S. prison camp for the government was the inspiration for a number of her most well-known stories.

When she was a teenager her passion for writing grew as Japanese-American publications began publishing her short stories. A lot of Issei immigrants were interested in the preservation of their language however, the needs of the Nisei tend to be more in the direction of affirmations of loyalty towards America. United States, most easily accomplished through the use and knowledge in an English language. 

that are notable for their delicate portrayal of the emotional and artistically restricted life that comprise Issei women as well as intergenerational family interactions. Oblique stories, frequently sarcastic in their narration, and written with subtle humor and unflinching sincerity, they show the passions, love affairs physical and psychic violence that lie beneath the slender surfaces that is Issei as well as Nisei life. The topic, the precision and elegance of Yamamoto’s writing have led some critics to compare her with short story masters Katherine Mansfield, Flannery O’Connor as well as Grace Paley.

Hisaye Yamamotoin Young  Age World War II  Japanese And American internment 

On the 7th of December, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese Navy. Within the first four months following the attack, Japanese-Americans weighing more than 120,000, two-thirds of them brought up on American homelands, were deported through government officials of the U.S. Government into internment.

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The removal of homes, farms, and businesses abandoned, this brutal move to relocate caused an unintended physical psychological, social, and physical displacement that Yamamoto was known to repeatedly address in her writings. Japanese women who lived a life of ephemerality within America United States often had no female companions apart from their families.


Despite the constant difficulties they endured writing and poetry were thriving in the new country. In a way, it was in response to the different kinds of detention and relocation that were faced by both Issei as well as Nisei women, whether it was imprisonment, interment and poverty, gender as well as marriage the arts was the sole source of liberation for them in the course of their daily lives.

Yamamoto was just twenty-one years old in the year her family was sent to the camp of internment at Poston, Arizona. Yamamoto had two brothers, and one was killed while with an army of the United States army during her family’s confinement. To stay in shape, Yamamoto began reporting for the Poston Chronicle, the camp newspaper for camp.

The first thing she did was publish her first novel called The Death Rides the Rails to Poston which is later moved to Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories Then, shortly afterward, she published the much smaller piece titled”Surely I Must Be Dreaming.

Yamamoto briefly left the camp and went to Springfield, Massachusetts, but returned after her brother’s death during a battle with an army unit called the U.S. Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Italy. The three years Yamamoto was stationed in Poston deeply influenced the writing she did in the years which came after.

 After War Hisaye Yamamotoin Life

World War II came to its conclusion in 1945, when the camps for internment and releasing the prisoners. Yamamoto as well as her entire family moved back to California but this time in Los Angeles, where she started working in The Los Angeles Tribune.


The weekly paper, which was designed specifically for African American audiences, employed Yamamoto predominantly as an editor however she also served as Editor and Field Reporter.

After being shut out for three years through internment, the next three years of being employed by the Tribune permitted Yamamoto to study the complexities of racial interactions within America. United States separate from those witnessed during the internment camps. The lessons she learned and put into her writing expanded the scope of her work to encompass people from other countries.

After receiving much praise from critics during the 1940s and the early 1950s Yamamoto got married to Anthony DeSoto and moved to Los Angeles. She is a mother of five. Yamamoto has spoken about the challenges she faced in finding time to write. She said: “Most of the time I’m cleaning the house or cooking or working in the yard. The time I spend writing is very limited. writing. If someone said I was unable to write, it could cause me great grief.”

DeSoto passed away in 2003.Yamamoto was unwell since suffering the stroke that occurred in 2010, passed away in 2011 of a sleep disorder on her property in the northwestern part of Los Angeles at the age of 89.

Hisaye Yamamotoin : List of stories

Seventeen Syllables (1949)—This story tracks the parallel stories of a young Nisei girl and her Issei mother


Wilshire Bus (1950)— After World War II, a young Japanese-American narrator observes an American on a bus harassing a Chinese couple, prompting her to internally gloat and then question her own gloating. The narrator contemplates anti-Japanese sentiment as well as the complicated interactions between different ethnic groups.

The High-Heeled Shoes: A Memoir (1948)—This story deals primarily with how women are treated in society. The first-person narrator describes instances of sexual harassment she and other women have experienced, from phone solicitations to threats of rape.

The Brown House (1951)—A wife becomes an unwilling enabler of her husband’s gambling habit, which brings financial trouble on the entire family. This story explores themes of beleaguered wifehood as well as ethnic interactions.

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Morning Rain (1952)—This story relates a moment in time taking place over breakfast between a Nisei daughter and her Issei father. Over the course of the story, we learn that the daughter has married an American man and feels disconnected from her father. The story ends with a sudden revelation that is symbolic of the communication gap between generations: the woman discovers that her father has difficulty hearing.


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