By Suikei Furuya
An Internment Odyssey: Haisho Tenten is the translation of a memoir by Honolulu businessman and poet Suikei Furuya. It was first published in Japanese and tells the first-hand story of Furuya’s sudden incarceration after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was torn from his family and sent on an arduous journey of imprisonment and emotional humiliation in harsh environmental conditions across seven states on the continental United States. Now, for the first time after over fifty years, English readers are able to share in Furuya’s experience of spiritual and physical struggle in An Internment Odyssey. Through his poet’s eye, he captures an immigrant life turned upside-down and creates an important contribution to literature about race, ethnicity, and American identity.