Eyes of the Emperor

Eyes of the Emperor Eddy Okana lies about his age and joins the Army in his hometown of Honolulu only weeks before the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor Suddenly Americans see him as the enemy even the U S Army doubts the loyal

  • Title: Eyes of the Emperor
  • Author: Graham Salisbury
  • ISBN: 9780440229568
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Paperback
  • Eddy Okana lies about his age and joins the Army in his hometown of Honolulu only weeks before the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor Suddenly Americans see him as the enemy even the U.S Army doubts the loyalty of Japanese American soldiers.Then the Army sends Eddy and a small band of Japanese American soldiers on a secret mission to a small island off the coast of Mississippi.Eddy Okana lies about his age and joins the Army in his hometown of Honolulu only weeks before the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor Suddenly Americans see him as the enemy even the U.S Army doubts the loyalty of Japanese American soldiers.Then the Army sends Eddy and a small band of Japanese American soldiers on a secret mission to a small island off the coast of Mississippi Here they are given a special job, one that only they can do Eddy s going to help train attack dogs He s going to be the bait.

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    1. Graham Salisbury

      Graham Salisbury comes from a 100 year line of newspapermen, all associated with Hawaii s morning paper, the Honolulu Advertiser Although a career as a newsman could have been possible, Salisbury chose to imagine rather than report I enjoy writing about characters who might have been To me, exploring fictional themes, situations, and lives is a quietly exhilarating experience There are times when completely unexpected happenings take place as my fingertips walk the keyboard, things that make me laugh or get all choked up or even amaze me Salisbury s drive to write about the emotional journey that kids must take to become adults in a challenging and complicated world is evident throughout his work Says the author I ve thought a lot about what my job is, or should be as an author of books for young readers I don t write to teach, preach, lecture, or criticize, but to explore And if my stories show characters choosing certain life options, and the possible consequences of having chosen those options, then I will have done something worthwhile His books Eyes of the Emperor, Blue Skin of the Sea, Under the Blood Red Sun, Shark Bait, Jungle Dogs, Lord of the Deep, Island Boyz and his short stories, too have been celebrated widely with praise and distinguished awards Graham Salisbury, winner of the PEN Norma Klein Award, grew up on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii Later, he graduated from California State University, Northridge, and received an MFA degree from Vermont College of Norwich University In fact, he was a member of the founding faculty of Vermont College s highly successful MFA program in Writing for Children, now the Union Institute University.Other important things to know about this author He worked as the skipper of a glass bottom boat, as a deckhand on a deep sea charter fishing boat, and as an Montessori elementary school teacher Hisrock and roll band, The Millennium, had a number one hit in the Philippines, which he composed He once surfed with a shark, got stung by a Portuguese man of war several times , and swam for his life from a moray eel Believe it or not, he didn t wear shoes until the sixth grade and never saw snow until he was nineteen Graham Salisbury now lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

    272 thoughts on “Eyes of the Emperor”

    1. i curse my elementary and high school education because it failed to teach me cool shit about world war II. or anything that wasn't related to the damn 13 colonies.i know everything there is to know about the mating rituals of the quakers (zzzzzzzzzzz) but i have no idea who won the civil war. here are some things i have just learned today:hawaii is moving toward japan at the rate of almost 4 inches per year - snapple plum-a-granate tea capduring world war II, 25 american soldiers of japanese de [...]

    2. This is a hard book to put down. Most people know about the prejudice against Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor, but this goes deeper by explaining the government’s (and the public’s) general philosophies about the issue and how they dealt with it. The writing is really crisp, captivating, and gritty. Yes, it uses classic “story about racism” tropes to convey its heart-wrenching points (and warning: you’re going to grit your teeth in anger), but the main moral exists on a more thou [...]

    3. This book caught me off guard. At first I thought I was going to be reading a normal World War II book, but this wasn't the average World War II book. Instead of a war story of fighting and killing, this book told a story from a more homeland perspective. I actually liked this approach. It got me thinking about the other parts of the war and not just parts fought in battles. The book pointed out how racial America was to Japanese people and culture during world war II. It was a change from the a [...]

    4. This was an exceptional book about a few people from Japan who joined the army where they were treated terribly and like trash. They were thought of as the enemy at the time, because the Japanese were responsible for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. However, sadly, like many other races, they were mistreated even though not all Japanese were bad people. They were used as "test" subjects on dogs, where the Japanese would try to get dogs to hate them. The commanders would later send the dogs along wit [...]

    5. Eddy Okubo, 16, may have parents who were born in Japan, but he was born in Hawaii and considers himself strictly American. Eddy is a smart kid and has already graduated from high school. So far, though, all has been doing is helping his father out with his boat building business, not really know what he wants to do in life.Now, Eddy thinks enlisting in the US Army might be something he would like to do after hearing about it from his friends, Chik and Cobra, both 18, who have just been drafted. [...]

    6. The book "Eyes of the Emperor" is a great book to read. This book was very catching when i read the back cover. It looked very interesting when it said Eddie had a secret mission to do. The book shows you how these Japanese men and women stayed dedicated to the United States. Some even fought for the U.S. Eddie was one of them. The story is about seventeen year old Eddie. He joins the Army even though his friends try to talk him out of it. He signs and lies about his age. He wants to help the Am [...]

    7. It was a very interesting story and i highly recommend it. It shows a new side of an intriguing subject. I thought it was very interesting because I was unaware that they used the American Japanese people as dog food. Literally they actually used them as the targets for training. I was astonished that although we attacked Germany for being unaccepting we were almost as bad. We killed threatened and ruined the lives of many American people just because of the shapes of their eyes. This informatio [...]

    8. "Eyes of the Emperor" was an adventure packed book about a boy who joins the army. The boy has to fight in an unexpected way to keep his life and his family honor. The book is full of unexpected turns and really sucks you into it. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to young adult readers who like adventure and historical fiction.

    9. This was definitely a bit of history that I was not aware of and it was very informative. This is a good book and for anyone who is interested in some things history books neglect to inform Americans regarding World War II. It is very heartbreaking on many levels and was not an easy read.

    10. "Remember us, so that we won't be forgotten" - Ray Nosaka, epic WW2 vet from the 100th infantry batallion & Cat Island mission. First of all, I think everyone should read this story. If you're hesitant, just get it now and thank me later! Everyone should know of the brilliant Japanese American soldiers who were not only forced to endure massive amounts of disrespect by the U.S. government, but actually went through something I've never heard before of until reading this book. It was a danger [...]

    11. Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury is another historical fiction novel. This time, it’s about a young Japanese American who enlists in the military, named Eddy Okubo, in 1942 before Pearl Harbour is attacked, but once it is, none trust the Japanese. Because of this, Eddy and his friends, who had also enlisted, are soon shipped off to an island off the coast of Mississippi, where they are used to train dogs to kill Japanese soldiers. This story is not only about brotherhood, shown by the u [...]

    12. Eyes of the Emperor is about a boy named Eddy Okubo who is a Japanese-American in Hawaii and joins the U.S. Army at the time of WW2. He volunteers despite warnings from his friends, Chik and Cobra, and begins his army training. At first things proceed as expected but then comes the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This prompts the army’s untrust of the Japanese-Americans and all Japanese-Americans are placed under watch. However, soon after this takes place, Eddy and other Japanese-Americans are sent [...]

    13. Well written story about a side of WWII that isn't talked about or seemly mentioned ever. It's the part where US soldiers of Japanese ancestry are taken to an island and used to train dogs to sniff them out and attack because they "smell"differently than European Americans. The dogs will then be taken to Japan and used to attack the Japanese because they are accustomed to the "smell" of Japanese. Needless to say, the project failed. The book is well written and a fast read.

    14. A quick read that I couldn’t put down. Good for teens and adults. One that I’ve added to my personal library and will read again.

    15. Eyes of the Emperor was OK for some MS students, and I learned about racism during WWII, but I can recommend much better WWII books for adults.

    16. I was completely enamored by this book and could not put it down! This was a portion of our nation's history that I knew nothing about and this book did an excellent job shedding light on it!

    17. I thought that this book was very truthful and educational. The way it was written really attracted people who love to learn from history. The part I loved the most was how this tied into the first book of the series. It really shows that more than one family was going through hardships at this time. People should really learn more about the events of WW11 and read this book.

    18. I found this yet another interesting historical fiction work about World War 2. It is from the perspective of American Japanese who want to join the US Army but who experience prejudices and distrust from the Americans. Pretty good book. Some language just in one chapter of the book (chapter 38)

    19. Throughout this entire novel, Graham Salisbury described Eddy Okubo's task as a U.S. soldier who trains dogs. Eddy along with others from his battalion are of Japanese descent. Graham Salisbury does a really well job of displaying how Eddy and his battalion feel when society discriminates and views them in a disgusting manner, after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. For example, what "we want is for the dog to find you using nothing but your natural Jap scent" because "you're a Jap" (Salisbury 1 [...]

    20. BIBLIOGRAPHYSalisbury, G. EYES OF THE EMPEROR. New York, MY: Wendy Lamb Books. ISBN 0385729715PLOT SUMMARYThe Eyes of the Emperor” written by Graham Salisbury is a vivid glimpse into World War II from the perspective of the Japanese Americans living in Hawaii during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Eddy Okubo is a 16-year-old American who love his country. Unfortunately he is also of Japanese descent and American's are not happy about that. Everyone sees him as the enemy. When he joins the army he [...]

    21. Eyes of the Emperor By: Graham Salisbury Book Review Brian Bredemann Reading 8-McG Book Review 4/4/08If you love to read history and adventure, then you will enjoy Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury. The historical fiction book is about sixteen year-old Eddy Okubo, a Hawaiian-American living with his family in Oahu in 1941, who is part- American and part-Japanese. He has two best friends, Chik & Cobra who are both eighteen. The story begins with how the people of Hawaii [...]

    22. Tod Carnish Response #2Eddy, a Japanese-American teenager, has lived in Hawaii his whole life. He has never felt out of place or like an “other,” until Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. He decides to fight for his country and enlist in the Army, but his experience is not what he expects. While the white soldiers are getting trained in combat and sent to the front lines, Eddy and his Asian-American comrades are stuck doing manual labor across America. They eventually find stability on an island off t [...]

    23. I think the book eyes of the emperor is a great book that shows the life of Japanese American soldiers during world war two. The book starts with Eddie and his family as simple Japanese immigrants making a living in america by making boats. His father wants Eddie and his brother Herbie to learn of their Japanese heritage by sending them to japan but they said that they liked it in american. Then suddenly one night their boat that they have been making for months burnt down. They are all shocked [...]

    24. Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury gave me a whole new view on what World War II was like for Japanese-Americans living in America. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in World War II or the United States Army. It could also interest people who would like to simply learn about how Japanese-American soldiers were treated in World War II. The book begins with Eddy Okubo talking to his friends Chik and Cobra about how they had just joined the United States Army. Wanting t [...]

    25. Eyes of the EmperorGraham Salisbury630LFive out of Five I liked this book very much because of the action packed story that is also historical. What I mean is, I like how the story is about Japanese U.S soldiers from the army in World War II but is also actioned packed about the problems of the rasicm. I also liked this book because it's about a regular boy just like me (except that his family builds boats) and this could've happened to me.One of my most favorite parts is in the end and if your [...]

    26. Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury is quite a novel, not only does it teach you about what it was like to be a Japanese-American soldier during World War II, but it teaches you on how the Japanese troops in the us army were treated over time. All in all I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars because of these few simple reasons.1. The book progresses quite slowly2. The ending is very unsatisfactory to meEyes of the Emperor is a very good book, but the slow progression and even word choice [...]

    27. One of the things I have learned doing all this reading about the Japanese Americans is that the books aimed at a teenage audience are often much better done, and have more of an impact, then those books aimed for adult. This book is a primary example of that concept.The story is about Eddy Okubo, a Nisei kid of 16 on Hawaii. His father is a supporter of Japan, but Eddy is Americanized. He and his father work on building boats, and things go wrong when a boat they have just finished is blown up. [...]

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