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Topaz, by Brian Komei Dempster


Topaz, Brian Komei Dempster’s debut poetry collection, examines the experiences of a Japanese American family separated and incarcerated in American World War II prison camps. This volume delves into the lasting intergenerational impact of imprisonment and breaks a cultural legacy of silence. Through the fractured lenses of past and present, personal and collective, the speaker…
  • July 15, 2013

Collecting Nisei Stories

The Collecting Nisei Stories project and website encourages former camp prisoners to tell their own stories of wartime incarceration and post-war resettlement. This collection—published here online for the first time—offers memories and reflections about the immediate and long term impact of imprisonment on the second-generation Nisei and their family members. The project authors developed their…
  • July 15, 2013
Making Home From War

Making Home from War

With honesty and an eye for detail, Making Home from War is the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning From Our Side of the Fence. Written by twelve Japanese American elders who gathered regularly at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Making Home from War is a collection of stories about their exodus…
  • July 15, 2013
From our Side of the Fence

From Our Side of the Fence

From Our Side of the Fence contains the first-person accounts of eleven former camp prisoners who recall their memories of youth in America’s concentration camps. This collection traces each author’s personal journey through the World War II years, giving voice to a history that has been silenced. This book also offers lesson plans for use…
  • July 15, 2013