Ken Mochizuki

Ken Mochizuki is the author of the award-winning and bestselling children's picture books Baseball Saved Us, Heroes and Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story. He is also the author of the picture book, Be Water My Friend: The Early Years of Bruce Lee and the young adult novel, Beacon Hill Boys. As a journalist and historian, he is the author of, and contributor to, several adult nonfiction histories, including Meet Me At Higo: An Enduring Story of a Japanese American Family and Minidoka Memoirs: The Untold Story from the Yoshito Fujii Files.

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“Letters to Memory” is a Sansei memoir of family, incarceration and Japanese American history

With the end of the Nisei generation upon us, their children, the Sansei, are sometimes fortunate enough to inherit a record of the life of their parents and grandparents. That is, if the record – photos, letters, artifacts – was ever kept or still exists. Sansei Karen Tei Yamashita is one of the lucky ones, for she inherited a trove. The Los Angeles-based novelist and playwright pulled her family’s past together in her latest book, Letters to Memory (2017, Coffee House Press). Instead of just chronologically stringing along what she found, however, Yamashita frames the f…

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