Author: Mori, Toshio
Title: Yokohama, California
Place Published: Caldwell, Idaho
Date Published: 1949
166 pages. Introduction by William Saroyan. (8vo), original orange cloth, black printed titles, in pictorial dust jacket. First Edition.
The first short story anthology by a Nisei, a California native. Written in 1941 but not published then because of the racist prejudice that followed Pearl Harbor - and the 31 year-old author's subsequent internment in the Topaz "Relocation Camp" in Utah.
In his Introduction, William Saroyan lauded Mori as "the most important new writer in the country at the moment"; 45 years later, the anthology was reissued after Mori's death as "the first real Japanese-American book." Mori wrote a novel while interned and another later in life, but neither were published.