Chosen by Literary Oregon as one of the top 100 books from 1800-2000 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Oregon State Library
TULE LAKE describes the anguish and pain of those men who stood up to Executive
order 9066 in order to PRESERVE the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution.
TULE LAKE speaks for the Japanese Americans, but its lessons are universal. They
are lessons in FREEDOM and JUSTICE. They are lessons of how our democracy
failed to protect the rights of all its people.
TULE LAKE answers the questions: of the ten camps, why did Tule Lake become
the most violent; why did Tule Lake have a stockade; who were the resistors;
why did thousands of young Japanese Americans renounce their American
citizenship; what was the Denationalization Bill passed in Congress; what special
interests were served by the removal of Japanese American from the West Coast?
TULE LAKE is the first Japanese American novel to portray the passionate and at
times desperate struggle for justice and freedom from within the confines of
America's concentration camps, by those who refused to cooperate with the
internment of 120,000 of their fellow Americans of Japanese ancestry.
"TULE LAKE should be read in every American history class...The endless days of camp life are detailed: the pittance -- 50 cents a day -- received for work; the conflicts which develop as different factions -- from the fanatical pro-Japanese to the willing Nisei soldiers who offer their lives for America -- come to the fore. We see families split as loyalty to the U.S. government is determined on the basis of two key answers in an oath-questionnaire form."
Barbara Fryer LOS ANGELES HERALD EXAMINER, Sept. 7, 1980.
"TULE LAKE out to be required reading for those who do not remember this shameful episode in American history. But more important, it ought to be required reading for those who believe that the needs of 'national security' sometimes justify the infringement of individual liberties. The story of the relocation camps cannot be told often enough, and TULE LAKE is a good way to do it."
Masayo Duus, University of California -- Berkley Alumni Magazine CALIFORNIA MONTHLY June-July, 1980