Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 27 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!
- The hunt BEGINS on 3/14 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
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It is my honor to host Stephanie Morrill for this scavenger hunt!
Within These Lines is the story of an Italian American teenage girl and a Japanese American teenage boy torn apart by racism during WWII. With tensions running high and their freedom on the line, Evalina and Taichi must hold true to their ideals and believe in their love to make a way back to each other against unbelievable odds.
3 Surprising Facts About The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII
By Stephanie Morrill
Before writing Within These Lines, I knew hardly anything about the U.S. government imprisoning Japanese Americans during WWII, so I learned a ton. Here are the three most surprising facts I learned:
- Yes, these were concentration camps: I’ve always thought of Hitler’s camps in Germany as concentration camps, and the U.S. camps for the Japanese as internment camps. Actually, they’re both concentration camps, a term defined as, “a guarded compound for the detention or imprisonment of aliens, members of ethnic minorities, political opponents, etc.” While our concentration camps were definitely not death camps like Hitler’s, being able to say, “But we weren’t as bad as Hitler” is hardly something to brag about.
- Of the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were removed from their property and sent to live in the camps, approximately two-thirds of them were American citizens. Many of the other third would’ve become American citizens, but it was illegal for Asian immigrants to be naturalized.
- How little privacy the Japanese Americans were given … even in the bathroom.While I assumed the camps weren’t exactly nice to live in, I didn’t realize just how crowded they were, and how no consideration had been given to their privacy. Multiple families, often who had never met, shared a 100 feet x 100 feet living space with no interior walls or insulation. Bathrooms were in a separate building, and had two rows of six toilets, back-to-back with no partitions. Showering involved standing in a big room with shower heads fixed to the walls and no dividers.
While this is an embarrassing chapter in the history of a country that prides itself on freedom, I’m proud of the government for preserving so much of the history at former camp sites, like Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence, California. Hopefully by acknowledging these mistakes and taking steps to educate future generations, this is a chapter we won’t repeat.
STEPHANIE MORRILL writes books about girls who are on an adventure to discover their unique place in the world and is the author of several contemporary young adult series, as well as the 1920s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the WWII era romance, Within These Lines. She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children. You can connect with Stephanie and learn more about her books at StephanieMorrill.com and find her on Instagram as StephanieMorrill.
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