Local author writes children’s book on Japanese-American internment camps


Amy Lee-Tai’s mother and family were forced by the federal government to relocate to an internment camp in 1942. Lee-Tai has published a children’s book inspired by her family’s experience. A Place Where Sunflowers Grow is published by Children’s Book Press.

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4 Replies to “Local author writes children’s book on Japanese-American internment camps”

  1. Very good peice on a very bold subject.

    “I think that children need to be exposed to some of the darker parts of American history”

    Very true words. The sugar coating of our actions hides their effects. This is also a timely subject, with the questioning of the no-warrent wire taps – which is luckly not as gross of a violation of citizens rights as the internment camps were.

    Sometimes well meaning people make grave errors – we should learn from those mistakes, not hide them.

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