Norman Mineta and book Enemy Child

May 1, 2019

It’s 1941 and ten-year-old Norman Mineta is a carefree fourth grader in San Jose, California, who loves baseball, hot dogs, and Cub Scouts. But when Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbor, Norm's world is turned upside down.

One by one, things that he and his Japanese American family took for granted are taken away. In a matter of months they, along with everyone else of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, are forced by the government to move to internment camps, leaving everything they have known behind.

Meticulously researched and informed by extensive interviews with Mineta himself (including photos provided by him), and with extensive backmatter, Enemy Child sheds light on a little-known subject of American history, a part of history that is as relevant today as it was in the 1940s.

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