Family Torn Apart: The Internment Story of the Otokichi Muin Ozaki Family
312pp. January 2012
Family Torn Apart: The Internment Story of the Otokichi Muin Ozaki Family
Editor: Honda, Gail;
Family Torn Apart is the gripping story of one Hawai‘i family’s World War II odyssey. Otokichi Ozaki, a Japanese immigrant, was a Japanese language school teacher, tanka poet, and anthurium grower and also a leader of the Japanese community in the city of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. A devoted family man, he and his Hawai‘i-born wife, Hideko, had four children ranging in age from two to eight when war broke out. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he was one of several hundred immigrant community leaders to be arrested, beginning a long journey for Ozaki and his family. Based on letters, poetry, and radio scripts in the collection of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, and translated here for the first time, Family Torn Apart traces Ozaki’s incarceration at eight different detention camps, his family’s life in Hawai‘i without him, their decision to ‘voluntarily’ enter Mainland detention camps in the hope of reuniting, and their subsequent frustration as that reunion bogged down in red tape and government apathy. Relying on Japanese language primary sources, Family Torn Apart brings alive the Japanese immigrant perspective on the World War II incarceration, intergenerational relations, and life under martial law in Hawai‘i. It is a stirring story of the human spirit in difficult times and a cautionary tale for future generations.

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Distributed for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i
“History is a human drama of not only individuals but families, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons. This work centers on the World War II incarceration of a Hawai‘i family. It provides rare insights into family concerns of separation, reuniting, life behind barbed wire in American concentration camps and fears of repatriation to Japan. Well organized with personal documents, including papers and poems handwritten in Japanese and translated meticulously, this book contributes greatly to an understanding of a tragic episode in American history and the resilience of families unjustly imprisoned.” —Dennis M. Ogawa, University of Hawai‘i
Editor: Honda, Gail;
Gail Honda is a communication instructor at Hawai‘i Pacific University and holds a Ph.D. in Japanese history from the University of Chicago. She is president of Global Optima, Inc., a writing, editing, and training company.
Read the Introduction (PDF).
Foreword by James T. McIlwain 
Message from a Daughter by Lily Ozaki Arasato 
Introduction by Marie Dolores Strazar 
Otokichi Ozaki’s Internment History 
Otokichi Ozaki’s Family Tree 

1. Family Roots: Japan and Hawai‘i  
2. Father’s Arrest and Detention, 1941 – 1942 
3. Father’s Long Journey in Mainland Camps, 1942 – 1944 
4. Family Ties in Hawai‘i, 1942 – 1944 
5. Father and Mother in Separate Camps, 1943 – 1944 
6. Family Reunited, 1944 – 1945 
7. Family Returns to Hawai‘i, 1945 

Epilogue: Postwar Life 
Guide to the Otokichi Ozaki Collection by Jane Kurahara 
A: Interview with Jane Kurahara, Project Leader 
B: Interview with Tatsumi Hayashi, Translator 
C: Interview with Florence Sugimoto, Translator 
D: Interview with Shige Yoshitake, Translator 
E: Interview with Kiyoshi Tsuchiya, former resident of ‘Amauulu Camp 1 
Image Gallery follows Chapter 5