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Daughter of Moloka'i

by Alan Brennert

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Daughter of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
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    Feb 2019, 320 pages

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A companion story to Alan Brennert's Moloka'i that follows Ruth from her adoption as a child to finding her mother as an adult.

Alan Brennert's latest novel, Daughter of Moloka'i, follows the life of Ruth, a hapa – someone who is half-Japanese and half-Hawaiian - from her placement in a Honolulu orphanage at age three, her eventual adoption by a Japanese family, her relocation to America, and finally to her life as a happily married woman with adult children of her own.

The author uses Ruth's experiences to explore a number of important cultural and political topics. Her mixed heritage and the fact that she's female and not a more-favored male impact her ability to get adopted. Later, her family must endure the incredibly discriminatory anti-immigration laws the United States enacted against those of Asian heritage in the early 20th century (which inevitably causes one to ponder the country's current immigration policies).

The largest section of the novel addresses the suffering of Japanese citizens ...

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