Matthew 14:6

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matthew 24:6 KJV

Monday, November 21, 2016

I AM AN AMERICAN in Pearl Harbor and More


I Am An American
by Robyn Hobusch Echols:

The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the next day the President of United States calls for a declaration of war on Japan and Germany. For the families of two Livingston, California, USA high school seniors, Ellen Okita, a first generation American who lives in the Yamato Colony composed of about 100 families of Japanese descent, and Flo Kaufmann, whose father is a first generation American in his family, the war hits home fast and brings unforeseen changes.

Excerpt from I am an American:

     Pride crept into Ellen’s voice. “Yes. I’m Nisei, born in America. I’m an American citizen, same as you. But we celebrate Thanksgiving to remember the Issei experience of our family coming to America from Japan after we became Christians.”

     “That makes sense.” Flo paused as a question popped into her mind. She held out a hand to stop Ellen from entering their trig classroom long enough to ask, “Ellen, are your parents American citizens too? Or do they still consider themselves Japanese citizens?”

     A cloud of sorrow descended upon Ellen’s face. “My parents are proud to be born Japanese, but came to the United States willing to become Americans in their new land. It is the government that won’t allow them to be citizens. People who cross the Atlantic to make America their new home can become citizens. Unfortunately, America doesn’t want to allow people who cross the Pacific to be citizens. My father was twenty-one when he came to America intending to stay for the rest of his life. But the law will not allow him become a citizen even though he’s American in his heart.”

     Flo reached out to touch her friend’s hand in commiseration but pulled it back. She knew Ellen did not welcome physical expressions of affection. “It’s not fair. They should let your family become citizens.”

     Ellen forced a smile. “You’re a good friend, Flo. If we people of Japanese descent had more friends like you, the government would let my parents become citizens. Until the laws change, we’ll be patient and prove our loyalty.”

For two additional excerpts and book reviews for I am an American, visit the blogs for E.B. Wheeler and Richard Whitten Barnes.

Stories of WWII: December 1941:

On December 7th 1941, a pivotal event took place that changed the face of World War II. Hundreds of Japanese fighter planes carried out a devastating surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. By December 11th, the United States was at war with the Axis Powers in the Pacific and European theaters. World War II raged for almost another four years, but the entry of the world’s greatest economy into the conflict profoundly influenced its course.

This wide-ranging collection of eight stories by a diverse group of authors, who write wartime fiction, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Pearl Harbor. Few people’s lives were unaffected in some way by that fateful day and these stories reflect this. Some of them are set at Pearl Harbor itself, in other parts of the United States and in Singapore. Other stories take place in Europe: occupied France, Germany and Northern Ireland. They explore the experiences of U.S. servicemen and women, a German Jew, Japanese Americans, a French countess, an Ulster Home Guard, and many others.

We hope readers will enjoy our salute to the people and the events of this momentous era. 

Available at the following online booksellers

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About Robyn Hobusch Echols:

Robyn currently lives with her husband in California, USA, near the “Gateway to Yosemite.” She is a member of Women Writing the West, and American Night Writers Association. She enjoys any kind of history including family history. When she is not piecing together novel plots, she pieces together quilt blocks.

Robyn also write historical western romance under the pen name of Zina Abbott.

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