Living life to a little-known part of American history, Ganbare! tells the individual stories of the people caught up in historical events beyond their control. It details the hardships, despair, as well as the moments of joy and hope that Hawaii born Japanese faced following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Ultimately a story of triumph, Ganbare! — which means “don’t give up!” — shows how the human spirit can rise above even the greatest of adversities. It reminds us of how closely human beings are connected to one another, and how the differences that separate us are really not so great at all. Truly embodying the meaning of “ganbare,” the men, women and children detailed in Patsy Saiki’s book persevered in the face of suspicion, detention and internment with their humanity and dignity intact.


Author: Patsy Saiki