(November 24, 1921 - June 21, 1992) was a Japanese American writer
Yoshiko Uchida was the daughter of Japanese
immigrants Takashi and Iku Uchida. Her father came to the United States from Japan in 1903 and worked for the San Francisco
offices of Mitsui and Company
. Yoshiko and her sister Keiko
were both nisei
, or second-generation Japanese Americans, born in the United States.
Yoshiko Uchida graduated early from high school and enrolled at University of California, Berkeley
at sixteen. The Uchidas were living in Berkeley, California
and Yoshiko was in her senior year at U.C. Berkeley when the Japanese attacked the naval base at Pearl Harbor
in 1941. Soon after, President Franklin D. Roosevelt
ordered all Japanese Americans on the west coast to be rounded up and imprisoned in internment camps
. Thousands of Japanese and Japanese Americans, regardless of their U.S. citizenship, lost their homes, property, jobs, civil liberties
and human dignity.
The Uchidas were not spared. Takashi was questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
and he and his family, including Yoshiko, were interned for three years, first at Tanforan Racetrack
in California and then in Topaz, Utah
. In the camps, Yoshiko taught school and had the chance to view not only the injustices which the Americans were perpetrating, but the varying reactions of Japanese Americans towards their ill-treatment.
In 1943 Uchida was accepted to graduate school at Smith College
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