Standing Tall: The Extra/Ordinary Life of Mizuko Takahashi Nomura (1895-1986) is an innovative accounting of a Japanese immigrant woman’s life and times. A life extraordinary for its extremes, hers is a quintessential example of the resilience of the human spirit. This story’s inspirational message is universal. It holds special relevance to American readers, the vast majority who are immigrants or descendants of immigrants themselves. Additionally, within Mizuko Takahashi Nomura’s 90+ years of life, the world around her experienced remarkable change and development. Standing Tall… celebrates and contextualizes her life amid the evolving panorama of American and world events.
The amazing riches to rags saga of a Japanese immigrant woman from her birth in Onorimura, Japan in 1895 to her death in East Los Angeles, California ninety-one years later. Full of the genealogical details that shaped her destiny, the interactive format makes reading fun. I really liked the video interviews with her children as they remembered Mizuko. A great use of iPad technology!
Moving and Powerful Story
A moving and powerful story, filled with deep and stirring experiences. I was hooked from the moment I saw the cover photo – I knew I was going to read about a strong and determined women. Happily, even more unfolded as I learned and experienced the dramatic history of a whole family, and through them important aspects of the history of Japan and the US. As one relatively unfamiliar with Japan and Japanese culture and experiences, I learned a tremendous amount. And I found the eBook format extremely helpful as it allowed me to investigate and dig deeper into subjects along the way that interested me.