A good book that I'm glad to have read. I have lived in the Puget Sound all of my life and had only a vauge knowledge of what happened to the area during WW2. I can't believe all that went on here and am glad I didn't have to live through it.
A love story with lots of information about WW11 years from the perspective of Japanese and Chinese Americans. It is important to remember the past so we don't repeat it in the future.
America continues to distrust our immagrants just as has been done from the beginning.
This was one of the best books I have ever read. It had truth, a love story, and very old customs which makes one think of the past and the future and how much is lost in our day and age. It is a very heart warming story.
It took me awhile to get into this book but after the first few chapters, I really started caring about Henry and his family. The book jumps back and forth between Henry growing up during the 1940's (the war years)and a recent widower during the 1980's. Themes include coming of age, young romance story, mixed race communities and the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.
I believe my children read this book during middle school. Adults will enjoy it, too.
Great story of the shameful internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Touching and meaningful twist.
Moving account of Seattle in WWII and the internment of the Japanese from a Chinese boys vantage point. From anyone's it was cruel and unbelievable. A shame upon the US. But the story is uplifting and shows the true meaning of honor.
An excellent read about star crossed lovers, he Chinese, and she Japanese, separated by the internment of the Japanese during WW11, set in Seattle Only 12 when they met, both outsiderd just for being Asian. The young man was bullied by his other white classmates . This follows their lifetimes over 40 years.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an enchanting debut work of historical fiction which touches on the themes of Asian-American identity, intergenerational differences, and the Japanese internment during World War II. Henry Lee is a middle-aged recent widower who stumbles upon a press conference announcing the discovery of the belongings of Japanese internees during a renovation of the Panama Hotel (a real landmark in Seattle) in 1986. This sets up a series of flashbacks to 1942, when twelve-year-old Henry develops a deep friendship with Keiko, a fellow Japanese student on cafeteria duty at his otherwise all-white prep school. The story centers on their relationship through paternal disapproval on Henrys side, anti-Asian racism, and ultimately separation as Keikos family is relocated to the camp at Minidoka, Idaho. Hotels strengths include poignantly portraying Seattles Asian ethnic enclaves, sympathetic characters, andtrue to forma bittersweet resolution. However, some of Jamie Fords (a descendant of a 19th century Chinese miner-immigrant who took on a new name) Cantonese translations lack nuance. The relationship between the fathers and sons could have had more flair. Nonetheless, this was a pleasant read.
Beautifully written story about a Chinese-American boy in WWII-era Washington state, too "Chinese" to be accepted completely by Americans, too American to be accepted by his traditional Chinese father. He befriends a young Japanese-American girl whose family faces internment in a prison camp. The story bounces from past to present, and also touches upon Henry's relationship with his own son. A very believable glimpse into that era of US History that touches a full range of emotions.