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When the Emperor Was Divine

When the Emperor Was Divine

by Julie Otsuka

Mostly though, they waited. For the mail. For the news. For the bells. For breakfast and lunch and dinner. For one day to be over and the next day to begin.

Works Cited

Excerpts from When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. Copyright © 2002 by Julie Otsuka. Used by permission of Knopf. All rights reserved.

Otsuka, Julie. The Buddha in the Attic. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

---. An Interview with Josephine Reed for The Big Read. 6 February 2014.

Shea, Renee H. “The Urgency of Knowing: A Profile of Julie Otsuka.” Poets & Writers September/October 2011. Web.

Works Consulted

Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. Personal Justice Denied. Washington, DC: National Park Service, 1982.

Daniels, Roger. Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese Americans during World War II. New York: Hill and Wang, 2004.

Ng, Wendy. Japanese American Internment during World War II: A History and Reference Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002.

Okihiro, Gary Y. Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.

Takaki, Ronald. Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. Boston: Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Co., 1998.


Audio contributors:
Maureen Howard is an award-winning writer, editor, and lecturer whose work has received the National Book Critics Award.

Gary Okihiro is an author, scholar, and a professor of international and public affairs. He is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University.

Writers: Brian Crocco and Margaret Crocco

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