The Happiest Ending



When Twelve Year Old Rinko Learns That A Neighbor S Daughter Is Coming From Japan To Marry A Stranger Twice Her Age, She Sets Out To Change This Arrangement And Gains New Insights Into Love And Adult ProblemsThe Happiest Ending

Yoshiko, born on November 24, 1921, was the second daughter of Japanese immigrant parents Takashi and Iku Her father worked as a businessman for Mitsui and Company in San Francisco, and Iku wrote poetry, passing along her love of literature to her girls Though the Great Depression raged, the Uchida family enjoyed comforts because of Takashi s well paying job and their own frugality Yoshiko loved to write, and her stories played out on pieces of brown wrapping paper She also kept a journal to record her thoughts and events.Enveloped in love and tradition at home, Yoshiko weathered the prejudice she sometimes faced Many white students at University High School in Oakland didn t invite her to their parties and wouldn t socialize with her, deeming her a foreigner Even while attending the University of California at Berkley, Yoshiko often faced the same dilemma of being ostracized She found friendships with other Japanese American students and was preparing to graduate when Pearl Harbor was bombed, changing her life.The United States government rounded up 120,000 people of Japanese descent and put them into camps The Uchida family first resided in a horse stall at a racetrack in California, surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards Though difficult to endure, the next move was worse Almost 8,000 Japanese were sent to a relocation concentration camp called Topaz in the Utah desert The detainees suffered from violent dust storms, scorpions, snakes, and exceedingly poor living conditions Yoshiko taught second grade children there until she received a fellowship from Smith College to earn a master s degree in education.Yoshiko and her sister both left the camp in May of 1943, with their parents gaining release later that year Teaching for several years in a Quaker school outside of Philadelphia, Yoshiko decided to quit teaching and find work that allowedtime for writing She moved to New York City and began as a secretary, penning stories in the evenings Asked to contribute to a book about Japanese folk tales, Yoshiko discovered that though the book didn t come to be, with time she could create a full collection of folk tales Writing a few pieces for adults, Yoshiko realized she was better suited for children s books.A Ford Foundation fellowship sent her to Japan to research the culture and their stories Spending two years, Yoshiko found her time to be healing as she learned about her own ancestry The pain of the concentration camps lessened, and she began writing about the experiences in fictional books such as Journey to Topaz and Journey Home Her career as an author soared as people regarded her as a pioneer in Japanese American children s literature The author of almost forty works, including Japanese folk tales and stories of Japanese American children making their way in the world, Yoshiko traveled extensively, lectured, and wrote After suffering from a stroke, Yoshiko passed away on June 25, 1992, in Berkeley, California.

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  • 111 pages
  • The Happiest Ending
  • Yoshiko Uchida
  • 16 October 2019

10 thoughts on “The Happiest Ending

  1. says:

    Read the first book, could not find a copy of the second in my libraries, but didn t need it A quick easy read with some heavy themes Probably especially good for immigrants and children learning about Japanese Americans before the internments of WWII I have to be honest to say I rounded down from 3.5 just for my personal enjoyment satisfaction because I do still recommend this series to anyone who feels they don t know enough about the time between the Wars.

  2. says:

    Rinko is a Japanese American girl caught between the two cultures in 1936, before WWII and the interment camps and when Asians couldn t become U.S citizens Her native language is English Her parents want her to learn Japanese and about her heritage She isn t thrilled.Rinko begins private Japanese lessons from Mrs Sugino and finds herself included in the lives of the Sugino s and their boarders She is already the summer daughter of Auntie Hata whose daughter is finally returning from Japan Rinko is a Japanese American girl caught between the two cultures in 1936, before WWII and the interment camps and when Asians couldn t become U.S citizens Her native language is English Her parents want her to learn Japanese and about her heritage She isn t thrilled.Rinko begins private Japanese lessons from Mrs Sugino and finds herself included in the lives of the Sugino s and their boarders She is already the summer daughter of Auntie Hata whose daughter is finally returning from Japan where she was raised by her grandparents.This is an easy to read book It raises issues of being caught between two cultures, family problems, social issues with Japanese immigrants and learning social graces All are done in a relaxed way as part of the main story

  3. says:

    Ehh

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