Color of the Sea by John Hamamura

Color of the Sea by John Hamamura is an engaging story of survival through separation from family, WWII, and internment. It's the story of a young man trained as a samurai who moves from Japan to Hawaii to California. This novel is a 2007 Alex Award winner. There will be many opportunities to engage with this book and connect with others on campus.

Note: The author will be on campus for two free events on September 23, 2009.

Information about the time period and events of the story:

Local Connections to the Story:

  • Outstanding videos from KQED and KTEH on Japanese-American soldiers from the Bay Area who served in WWII - most are 30 minutes long
  • KTEH's Return to the Valley - about Japanese-Americans returning to the Bay Area after internment during WWII; FAQ on the video and topic. There is an amazing amount of information, videos, and photos at this site.
  • Photos from KQED
  • Check Reading Program events calendar for dates when this film will be shown on campus.

Japanese Bombing of Pearl Harbor:

Information about Internment Camps:

US Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

California Japantowns

Martial Arts

Other Books You Might Like

  • Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne and James Houston (SJSU alums)

  • When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

  • Japanese American internment during World War II : a history and reference guide, by SJSU Professor Wendy Ng. Available in the King Library.

  • Understanding Asian Americans. Available in the King Library at E184.O6 U5 1990 MLK 6th and 5th Floors.

  • The Asian American Encyclopedia v. 1 - 6 in the King Library at E184.O6 A827 1995 MLK 6th and 5th Floors

  • Reference Library of Asian America v. 1 - 3 in the King Library at E184.O6 R438x 1995 MLK 5th Floor

  • Japanese American History: an A to Z Reference from 1868 to the Present in the King Library at E184.O6 L44 1991 MLK 6th Floor or 973.0495 MLK 3rd Floor

  • The Color of Honor - VHS, XS0416, IRC Room 112