The Father

In When the Emperor was Divine, the father is arrested by the FBI and sent to the Lordsburg detention camp for the duration of the war, an unusually long period of incarceration. Although his heavily-censored letters communicate to his family in optimistic terms, when he at last returns to his home in Berkeley, he is a broken man. One day a prominent businessman, the next a prisoner, he exemplifies the economic devastation suffered by thousands of Japanese Americans.