Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: September 2008
Duration: 12 hours 52 minutes
Stubborn Twig is the true story of immigrants making their way in a new land, a moving saga about the promise and perils of becoming an American.Masuo Yasui arrived in America in 1903 with big dreams and empty pockets. He worked on the railroads, in a cannery, and as a houseboy before settling in Oregon to open a store, raise a large family, and become one of the area's most successful orchardists. As Masuo broke the color barrier in the local business community, his American-born children broke it in school, scouts, and sports. But their lives changed forever on December 7, 1941, when they were forced from their homes into vast inland camps. Although shamed and broken, the Yasui family would yet endure to claim their place as Americans.
"Her research into each of her subject's lives is diligent and she recounts the intimate tragedies, the determination, hard work and family solidarity that characterized the Yasuis' rise to affluence and success. Kessler has created a praiseworthy chronicle of the "'process and meaning of becoming an American, of promise and prejudice in a new land.'"-Publishers Weekly