Boy Meets World War II: An American Story of Growing Up Japanese

“American Yellow,” a memoir by Bay Area Nisei writer George Omi, has been published by First Edition Design Publishing Inc.

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As a child of Japanese immigrants, Minoru Omi enjoys life in 1930s San Francisco. Like other kids his age, his little sister gets annoying at times, but his family is comfortable and content. His eccentric father and stoic mother run a dry cleaning business together, and they often enjoy visits from friends and family.

But the day that Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, Minoru’s life is turned upside down. His father sells their cleaners, and they move inland to Stockton to avoid a government-mandated evacuation –— only to be forcefully assembled with thousands of other Japanese Americans at the Stockton Fairgrounds. They ar