Nisei, the new historical novel by award-winning author, J.J. White, is set for release, June 30th from Black Opal Books of Seattle.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States government encouraged all eligible young men to enlist immediately in the fight against its enemies overseas. All eligible young men except Japanese-Americans. Nisei is the story of Hideo Bobby Takahashi, a Hawaiian-born Japanese-American who must overcome prejudice, internment, and the policies of his own government to prove his loyalty to his country. Narrated by Bobby Takahashi and read by his son, Robert, 46 years after Bobby’s death, the story details the young Nisei’s determination to fight honorably for his country and return to the young love he was forced to leave, a girl he cannot have because she is white.
Award-winning author, J.J. White, will discuss his latest historical novel, Nisei, winner of the Columbus Ohio Creative Novel Competition, the Royal Palm Literary Award and the Southwest Writers’ Novel Competition, at the Cocoa Beach Library on Wednesday, July, 20 at 6 pm. White’s discussion will include how Pearl Harbor drastically affected the lives of the Hawaii Nisei, including their subsequent internment, their loss of property, and their enlistment and service in the all Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most highly decorated regiment in WW II. White will also talk of the rescue in Belgium’s Vosges Mountains where the 442nd suffered 800 casualties rescuing 211 men of the all-white Texas Battalion.