book is remarkable in the way that it charts the growth of Shin, from a child
born to prisoners, to a young, angry student, to a skillful survivor, to a
disaffected adult, and, finally, to an activist.
Kakugawa clears the touristy haze on our
visions of Hawaii to show how the Pearl Harbor bombing and a volcano
eruption jolted a destitute young Japanese American girl into living
with introspection and grace.