ISBN-10:
0295976160
ISBN-13:
9780295976167
Pub. Date:
05/28/1997
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Picture Bride: A Novel by Yoshiko Uchida

Picture Bride: A Novel by Yoshiko Uchida

by Yoshiko Uchida

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Overview

Carrying a photograph of the man she is to marry but has yet to meet, young Hana Omiya arrives in San Francisco, California, in 1917, one of several hundred Japanese “picture brides” whose arranged marriages brought them to America in the early 1900s.

Her story is intertwined with others: her husband, Taro Takeda, an Oakland shopkeeper; Kiku and her husband Henry, who reject demeaning city work to become farmers; Dr. Kaneda, a respected community leader who is destroyed by the adopted land he loves. All are caught up in the cruel turmoil of World War II, when West Coast Japanese Americans are uprooted from their homes and imprisoned in desert detention camps. Although tragedy strikes each of them, the same strength that brought her to America enable Hana to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295976167
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 170,572
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Barry Gifford

Yoshiko Uchida is the foremost Japanese American woman writer of our time. Picture Bride is a tender, painful, exquisitely written novel.... A very serious and important book.

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"Yoshiko Uchida is the foremost Japanese American woman writer of our time. Picture Bride is a tender, painful, exquisitely written novel..a very serious and important book."—Barry Gifford

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Picture Bride: A Novel by Yoshiko Uchida 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
TheOnlyMe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this the summer before senior year in high school as summer reading. It's really great piece for young adults and anyone interested in the history of women in America or Asian/Asian American history. It's a fairly easy read although very enjoyable and not a fluff piece.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
LOVED THIS BOOK This book was recommended to me by a friend, I am so glad I read it. I knew about this ugly part of American history but this book made it more real and showed how much it affected real human beings. I admire the strength of the Japanese immigrants, especially the women. I loved the end, shows the importance of female friendships for all of us not just Japanese women but for all women. The ending brought happy tears to my eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just barely started to read, this was the first book I chose at the library,  it was a good book. Easy to follow, read, and understand. It is about a young woman who goes threw life in an unfamiliar land; with a constant struggle of racism towards Japanese in America. The only thing I did not enjoy about this book was the jump between time periods.  For example, in one chapter, Hana's daughter was a baby and in the next chapter she was ten years old. Over all, I would recommend this book, especially for beginning readers such as myself. 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Picture Bride intertwines two strangers' lives through a mere photograph and goes on to tell of their hardships in American as Japanese immigrants. Heartfelt as it is, tragedy plays a huge role in their lives as well as prejudice and discrimation as they try to find happiness in the mess of WWII.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! When I first started reading it I thought it was going to be a very boring book. And it turned out to be the very oppisite. I love this book and I think everyone should read it. It made me laugh and cry. (I cried more then I laughed) But over all this is a very good book and its now one of my favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading PICTURE BRIDE. This was the first time that I had ever read a book from a Japanese-woman's point of view, going into WW2, so I thought it was just wonderful. This book seemed very real and it was a good read. Everyone should read this book:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
While reading the first few chapters, I found this book not interesting and boring. BUT after reading the entier book i felt that this is one of my favorites. Uchida is a wonderful author. It's very compelling and dramatic to see what many japanese people had to go through in the first years of world war II. Im happy that I read this book and recommended to everybody :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very realistic... maybe too realistic for some... but overall it was a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a good opening into how the lives of young Japenese girls drastically changed from the land they grew up in, and then bravely goin into a compleatly new world to live a better life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading 'Picture Bride'. I feel sad when Hana lost her husband, Taro, in the camp. I love the story, and it made me liking history...
Guest More than 1 year ago
the picture bride is a great story about a young woman looking to start a new life. she comes to America expecting a different life than she gets. i started reading it and couldn't put it down. the book lets you learn about our history, but at the some time making you want for more. i have to say that everyone should read the book.