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Monica Itoi Sone

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Monica Itoi Sone
Monica Sone (September 1, 1919 – September 5, 2011), born Kazuko Itoi, was a Japanese American writer, best known for her 1953 autobiographical memoir Nisei Daughter, which tells of the Japanese American experience in Seattle during the 1920s and 1930s, and in the World War II internment camps and which is an important text in Asian American and Women's Studies courses.

Sone grew up in Seattle, where her parents, immigrants from Japan, managed a hotel. Like many Japanese American children, her education included American classes and extra, Japanese cultural courses;' later,she and her family visited Japan. In her late teens, she contracted tuberculosis and spent nine months at Firland Sanitarium with future best selling author of The Egg and I, Betty MacDonald.

During World War II, she and her family were interned at Puyallup Civilian Assembly Center and at the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Hunt, Idaho. In 1942, Sone was allowed to leave the camp to attend Wendell College in Indiana, where she lived with a white family. She finished her degree at Hanover College and eventually received a master's degree in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University.

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