Diversity Book Group


It is time to begin reading Desert Exile by Yoshiko Uchida (2nd edition, 2015), for the next meeting of The Exploring Diversity Book Group on March 4 at 1:30 pm, via Zoom. The author was in her senior year at the University of California, Berkeley, when Japanese Americans on the West Coast were rounded up and interned. The book begins with her happy family life before being interned. Then she relates the day-to-day experience of families living in horse stalls at the Tanforan Racetrack just south of San Francisco, and then in the wilderness of the Topaz, Utah, internment camp. This sensitive, readable account captures the feel of what this surrealist nightmare was like, but with insight and human warmth. To be added to the email list, contact Jane Malin.