poignant story of a Japanese American woman’s journey through one of the most
shameful chapters in American history.
Sipping tea by the fire, preparing sushi for the family, or
indulgently listening to her husband tell the same story for the
hundredth time, Kimi Grant’s grandmother, Obaachan, was a missing link
to Kimi’s Japanese heritage, something she had had a mixed relationship
with all her life. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, all Kimi ever
wanted to do was fit in, spurning traditional Japanese cuisine and her
grandfather’s attempts to teach her the language.
But there was
one part of Obaachan’s life that had fascinated and haunted Kimi ever
since the age of eleven—her gentle yet proud Obaachan had once been a
prisoner, along with 112,000 Japanese Americans, for more than five
years of her life. Obaachan never spoke of those years, and Kimi’s own
mother only spoke of it in whispers. It was a source of haji,
or shame. But what had really happened to Obaachan, then a young woman,
and the thousands of other men, women, and children like her?
would meet her husband in the camps and watch her mother die there,
too. From the turmoil, racism, and paranoia that sprang up after the
bombing of Pearl Harbor and the terrifying train ride to Heart Mountain,
to the false promise of V-J Day, Silver Like Dust captures a vital chapter of the Japanese American experience through the journey of one remarkable woman.
story is one of thousands, yet it is a powerful testament to the enduring
bonds of family and an unusual look at the American dream. Download and start listening now!