Twice Orphaned: Voices from the Children's Village at Manzanar
By Catherine Irwin
In Twice Orphaned, Catherine Irwin brings to life a little known and long neglected group within the interned population of Japanese Americans: children who were interned without families. It is a compelling story and important one, vividly told.
Nearly a hundred orphaned Japanese American children lived in three coastal California institutions. Many of them were children whose parents had died or were unable to care for them. A significant minority were mixed-race children whose Japanese families did not want them. All of these children were interned at Manzanar, where they entered a special part of the camp set aside as the Children’s Village.
This book tells their story: what their lives were like before the war, how it felt to lose their parents, and how they related to other children. Then it takes them into the camp at Manzanar, describes their everyday lives and probes the double abandonment they experienced, first by their parents and then by their country. Subsequent chapters bring their lives full circle, through the end of the war and camp closure.
Paperback: 300 pp