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When The Emperor Was Divine

When The Emperor Was Divine - Julie Otsuka Sad book about the internment of Japanese Americans in WWII. The author did a good job tackling a difficult subject, but I think by not naming the characters it kept a level of distance. I never really felt connected to any of the characters.

Quick read, but I would definitely recommend it, if not just for the underlying message.

This book successfully touches on both sides of the war, from non-Japanese Americans returning from the war, to Japanese Americans suffering in their home country at the hands of their former neighbors. I think often one side is overlooked and its important to understand both.

It worries me how people could so easily justify the many atrocities committed in WWII. Hopefully people can learn to think for themselves and not believe everything they hear, and to stand up for people when their rights are being taken away, because next time it could be you.