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Search for Identity The theme that holds the entire book together is the search for identity. This search can be found at several levels, but in general is that of minority races and cultures trying to find a place in America where they belong neither to their native country nor to America. The difficulty of being a citizen of the United States by birth, but growing up in a community which tries to isolate itself from American influence, is pictured as a lonely existence and with America portrayed as a country which discriminates against minorities. While this book's focus is on Japanese Americans, there are references to other cultures such as Italian Americans which face the same problems. A more specific search for identity is presented in several of the individual characters, most often through the eyes of Ichiro Yamada, a young Japanese man who feels he is neither Japanese nor American. He was born in America so he is a legal citizen, however, he is not white so he is not accepted as American. He has experienced a great deal of American influence, however, and is not satisfied with the customs of his parents, so he does not fit in as truly Japanese either. Both Ichiro's parents and most of their friends search for identity, often without
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