SiteMapNihongo
 Japanese American National Museum
Collections & Research

[Letter to Clara Breed from Katherine Tasaki, Poston, Arizona, January 24, 1944]

Tasaki, Katherine [ bio ]

[Letter to Clara Breed from Katherine Tasaki, Poston, Arizona, January 24, 1944]
Enlarge Image (87.8KB)

letter
H: 8 in, W: 5 in (sheet); H: 3.5 in, 6 in (envelope)
paper
ink

Poston, Ariz., January 24, 1944

(93.75.31EC)

Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada

Description

1 letter and envelope from Katherine Tasaki to Clara Breed.

Transcription:
Page 1/Jan. 24, 1944/Poston, Ariz./Dear Miss Breed,/I've decided to write a book! No kidding. But before I do anything, I would like to have your advise. When you finish with the book, don't you have it typewritten? Thats what bothers me./After that don't I send it to a publisher?/It's lots of trouble to write a book, isn't it? And theres a chance that the book may be /Page 2/turned down. /I think the hardest part is the typewriter. I love to use it, but I really never learned. /I've got lots of time, because I can't go to school. (Walking too much hurts.) My story will be about a little Japanese girl like me. That's another thing. I never knew how hard it was to choose a name./
Of course, I can think of lots of Japanese names, but it might be pron/Page 3/onced wrong./Can you use true names in stories like: Whitney, San Diego, Santa Anita, Bank of America, etc.?/My goodness, if it takes too much trouble, I guess I'll have to call it off. I don't mind writing the story, but it's the other things./I think I've read enough to know how to hold the reader's interest--I hope. /I hope I'm not
/Page 4/putting you to too much trouble with my silly questions. /It sprinkled a little this morning and this afternoon, but not much. The last two days have been windy, and it's a wonder the roof doesn't blow off. It almost did last year./I have quite a collection of hobbies, but they have grown bigger. My original hobbies were: jars + bottles, movie stars, books, and pins. I've added: stamps, postmarks, pen pals, paper dolls, and collecting hobbies!/I answered some letters in my magazine, and I'm surprised at the results. I've got many satisfactory answers, and I'm getting more pen pals all the time./I must close now, but I'll write again. Tell everyone "Hello," and give them my love./Love,/Katherine

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to the Collections Management & Access Unit at the Japanese American National Museum (collections@janm.org).

 

 

Jump to Top of Page Japanese American National Museum

 
janm.org home
Copyright © 1998-2017 Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles California 90012   ▪   phone: (213) 625-0414