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Foo, a Japanese-American Prisoner of the Rising Sun: The Secret Prison Diary of Frank ""Foo"" Fujita (War & the Southwest Series) Hardcover – 31 Oct 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press (31 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929398467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929398464
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,336,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

During his time as a POW, Frank "Foo" Fujita kept a diary of daily happenings, embellished with drawings of life in the camp. He secreted the diary in the walls of his barracks, as the practice was forbidden. That diary forms the basis of these memoirs. Fujita's memoirs are also unique in that he was one of the fewer than nine hundred Americans taken prisoner on the island of Java. The bulk of American POWs in Japanese hands surrendered in the Philippines, and most of the published POW memoirs reflect their experience. Fujita's account of the defense of Java and of the fate of the "Lost Battalion" of Texas artillerymen serves to distinguish this memoir from others. At one point while a POW in Japan, Fujita was forced to be part of the Japanese radio group broadcasting propaganda. After the war, he testified at some of the war crime trials in San Francisco, and the diary on which this book is based was used as evidence in those trials. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

The late FRANK FUJITA was called back to active duty as a reservist during the Korean War. He then resumed civilian life and eventually carved out a career as an illustrator for the Air Force. He appeared on television on C-Span, was filmed at the Admiral Nimitz Museum, and was one of two prisoners of war interviewed by Ted Koppel on "Nightline" as part of the debate concerning the dropping of the atomic bomb. He was also interviewed as a former POW on the History Channel.

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I loved this beautiful man, the younger of my two brothers. He was a brave young man, as were the others who suffered with him in the POW camps. I'm so pleased he had this story behind him before his death in 1996, for it needed to be told. I think he did a marvelous job of relating the events during their camp days, and I am so proud and thankful for the freedom that I enjoy today because of their servitude. He came back home with no hatred in his heart toward his captors - does that not tell you something of the character of my brother? The book is a "must read" for sure. Nan Pearce
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I knew "Foo" (he died last year) and many of the other men (my father among them) who were taken prisoner with him. This is an excellent book about a little known page in American history. Although, in many ways, Foo's captivity was atypical of the treatment most of the "Lost Battalion" received, it is a fascinating, well written book which shouldn't be missed by anyone interested in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
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Having known Foo since High School days and later being a sister-in-law, I read the original dairy and saw the pictures he drew of the atrocities experienced there in prison. This book is an excellent account of the way it was. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a factual story of what it was like to be in a POW Camp in Japan during World War II.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Accurate, Outstanding Recall of facts 19 Feb. 2015
By Rita Jean Blais - Published on Amazon.com
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Very accurate facts! Missed some dates by a day or two, but considering his situation and the difficulty of recording events in a timely manner, he was basically spot on. I knew of him since 1985 when one of his friends, Mickey Parkyns, the father of a friend of mine came to visit for a few days. During that visit, he told me that he had just came from a visit with Foo in Texas, where Foo entrusted him with a box of photographic slides which contained he and I took to a photo finishing store and had copies made for Parkyns to take with back to his home in Australia to be displayed in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. I viewed those slides and some of the same pictures were in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing World War II POW tale 10 July 2012
By Terry Allen Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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Frank Fujita came to the Dutch East Indies as a U.S. Army volunteer and was very quickly caught up in the earliest stage of World War II. Captured by the Japanese, them somehow failing to recognize he was ethnically half Japanese himself, he eventually was shipped back to Japan to a POW camp in which he carefully recorded in pictures and prose his terrible experiences. This record became this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Whew!!! 14 Aug. 2014
By Mick Marsh - Published on Amazon.com
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an important book in the study of Japanese Americans and WWII.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 July 2014
By Tom Molyneaux Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
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no problem
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5.0 out of 5 stars POW Sex! 14 Nov. 2014
By John H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great sense of humor, throughout. His come-backs and one-liners are great. The reader comes to really respect Foo, what he went through, and the positions he took, never knowing whether he was going to be singled out and killed or not, for his half-Japanese blood. What a hell of a sergeant! (He was not a Nisei. His mother was White/Native-American mixed, in a rare pre-WWII mixed-race marriage with a Japanese man.) As a soldier, I greatly admire the plan that he made for the final escape or fight from Tokyo, rather than face a mass execution as the Japanese war machine came to its end. His artistic ability figured in, even to the extent of having already made armbands and auto flag plates! He came up with probably the best plan ever for a mainland Japan escape and it is amazing that he even had a knife from the local market (somehow?) as a personal defense weapon. If any of this stuff had ever been discovered by the camp guards, he likely would have been beaten to death or executed, just for having it.

This is one of the very, very few POW accounts from WWII that mentions sex incidents, including gay sex at the infamous "Bunker Hill" camp in downtown Tokyo from which the Zero Hour and other propaganda radio broadcasts originated.
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