USA Today, NPR feature Pomona professor's new book on Japanese World War II diaries.
Professor Samuel Yamashita's work translating diaries written by ordinary Japanese citizens during World War II was featured this month in USA Today and on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition.
He also appeared on the KPPC (89.3 FM) "Talk of the City" program in the Los Angeles area.
More than a decade in the making, Yamashita's new book, Leaves from an Autumn of Emergencies: Selections from the Wartime Diaries of Ordinary Japanese (University of Hawaii Press, September 2005), is the first English-language collection of its kind.
The diaries offer a vivid picture of life on the home front and on the battlefield. The authors include: a kamikaze pilot, a Tokyo housewife who watches the bombs striking closer each day, a 9-year-old girl evacuated from Tokyo and an elderly Kyoto businessman convinced he is starving to death.
"The diaries shatter popular notions of a unified Japanese citizenry and illuminate the lives of ordinary Japanese," says Yamashita.
Aug. 6 marked the 60th anniversary of the atomic bomb drop on Hiroshima.