In the wake of wartime panic that followed the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, more than 100,000 Japanese Americans residing along the West Coast of the United States were uprooted from their homes and their communities and banished to internment camps throughout the country.
Through personal documents, art, and propaganda, Only What We Could Carry expresses through words, art, and haunting recollections, the fear, confusion and anger of the camp experience. The only anthology of its kind, Only What We Could Carry is an emotional and intellectual testament to the dignity, spirit and strength of the Japanese American internees.
A project of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program
Patricia M. Wakida is a Yonsei whose parents were interned as children in the Jerome and Gila River camps. She is a graduate of Mills College, where she concentrated in English literature and Asian Studies. Patricia M. Wakida’s published books, essays, stories, and poetry include: Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience; Unfinished Message: Selected Works of Toshio Mori; Generations Experience; A Japanese American Community Portrait; Letters of Intent; the San Francisco Bay Guardian; Nikkei Heritage; Kyoto Journal; Santa Barbara Review; and the International Quarterly. Patricia currently serves on the board of the San Francisco Center for the Book and the Oakland Living History Project at Mills College.