Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

  •  Historical fiction
    2009 by JamieFord
    A novel about the love and friendship between Henry Lee, a Chinese American boy, and Keiko Okabe, a Japanese American girl, experiencing internment during World War II.

Video Resources

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
     Jamie Ford - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet Locations
    David Suzuki - Force of Nature Part 1/5
  • Hotel

In-House Resources

  • Audiobook available on WHS iPods
    eBook available on WHS Kindles 
    Companion Titles available at WHS


      • Korematsu v. United States : Japanese-American internment camps   
        • by Karen Alonso
        • Ref 340 Alo
        • Profiles the case of Fred Korematsu, who sought compensation from the American government for his time spent in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II
      • Farewell to Manzanar : a true story of JapaneseAmerican experience during and after the World War II internment
        • by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston
        • 921 Hou
        • A Japanese-American family during W.W. II attempt to survive in a detention camp
      • Desert exile : the uprooting of a JapaneseAmerican family      
        • by Yoshiko Uchida
        • 921 Uch
        • A first-person story telling of the U.S. internment of persons ofJapanese ancestry during World War II 
      • Voices from the camps : internment of JapaneseAmericans during World War II      
        • by Larry Dane Brimner
        • Japanese Americans tell of their experiences during the evacuation to internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor 
        • Citizen 13660 ;drawings & text by Miné Okubo 940.54 OkuA Japanese artist illustrates and narrates her experiences in theJapanese internment camps where 110,000 people of Japanesedescent were held in the U.S. during World War II
      • The invisible thread : [an autobiography]
        • by Yoshiko Uchida
        • 921 Uch
        • Children's author, Yoshiko Uchida, describes growing up in Berkeley, California, as a Nisei, second generation JapaneseAmerican, and her family's internment in a Nevada concentration camp during World War II 


      • Sylvia and Aki;
        • by Winifred Conkling
        • FIC Con
        • At the start of World War II, Japanese-American third-grader Aki and her family are sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona, while Mexican-American third-grader Sylvia's family leases their Orange County, California, farm and begins a fight to stop school segregation 
      • When the emperor was divine : a novel  
        • by Julie Otsuka
        • FIC Ots
        • A novel in which the members of a Japanese American family present their unique perspectives on the experience of being forced into an internment camp during World War II
      • Journey to Topaz; a story of the Japansese-american evacuation  
        • by Yoshiko Uchida
        • FIC Uch
        • After Pearl Harbor, a Japanese-American family must go to a camp in Utah 

Online Resources

San Francisco News Articles - March and April 1942