The Nishimutas: An Oral History of a Japanese and Spanish Family

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They were born more than 10000 miles apart in the late 1800s. Two oceans and the continent of North America separated them Kutaro Nishimuta a Japanese gentleman and Louisa Lorenzo a beautiful Spanish woman. Discover how the Far East meets the European West in this incredible true story of two poor immigrants. Follow the travels and drama that brought these two opposites together in the heartland of America. Learn about the negative consequences of their interracial love. Louisa held a faith in God that would help them survive but their spiritual strength and courage would be severely tested by prejudice poverty and the world at war. This is the true story of an Issei immigrant and his multicultural Nisei family. They lived and farmed in rural Oklahoma and survived the Great Depression. It is important to understand the enormous impact of Pearl Harbor and World War II on the life of this Japanese American family. This is an oral history; the words of their multicultural children paint a picture of love faith and inspiring optimism. The author investigates and explores this multicultural family through social political economic and cultural analysis giving us a better understanding of their unique lives. Kirkus Review A straightforward and modest genealogy; a subtle reminder that when it comes to defining identity no details are unimportant.