A book on the struggle of Japanese Americans to gain civil rights has been honored as the inaugural winner of the Crader Family Book Prize in American Values, reported The Ukiah Daily Journal.
His book “The House on Lemon Street: Japanese Pioneers and the American Dream” is by Mark Rawitsch, dean of instruction at Mendocino College, California.
“He tells the story of the Harada family and their decades-long struggle to obtain civil rights, citizenship and ultimately liberty in the face of anti-Japanese discrimination from the early 20th century until World War II and after, said Dr. Mark E. Miller, a member of the judging panel and chair of the History Department at Southern Utah University.
“The House on Lemon Street’ is grounded in appropriate primary and secondary sources. In particular, the author makes excellent use of oral histories and personal insights throughout the book,” Miller said.
Publication of this book was supported by Dr. Lane Hirabayashi of the Asian American Studies Department at UCLA.
You can learn more about this work and reaction from Rawitsch in The Ukiah Daily Journal.