From Both Shores is an anthology of six Senior Japanese and Chinese American women’s memoirs chronicling their immigrant family lives from Japan and China to the U.S. from World War I up till post-World War II. The women’s family histories capture rare glimpses into the harsh lives of the early Japanese, who labored in the fields of Salinas, as well as the sacrifices of immigrant Chinese parents, forced to leave their children and families behind in China. The challenges of eking out a survival in a country that either interned them as Japanese or excluded them as Chinese took their human toll as revealed in these unforgettable sagas of triumph, fortitude and heroism.
The book is edited by poet-playwright Genny Lim, the author of the play Paper Angels, and co-author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island. Featured writers include: Daisy Satoda, Harumi Serata, Florence Dobashi, Brenda Chinn, May Chung, and Leslie Yee-Murata.