No-No Boy


Ichiro Yamada, a former undergraduate at the University of Washington, returns home after two years in internment camp and two years in federal prison to a Japanese American neighborhood of Seattle, where he wrestles with finding his place in society in the face of conflict with his parents and suffering occasional ostracism from his own community. The ostracism is a result of his refusal to join the United States armed forces. During the war, the government extended the offer to enlist to young male internees en masse. Few of them refused, and those who did were despised by many in the Japanese American community, who bestowed on them the name "no-no boys". Yamada experiences inner turmoil as he tries to identify why things happened the way they did, why people hate one another, and why he made the choice he made.

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