To American photojournalist Regina Boone, her paternal grandfather was always an enigma. A hard-working Japanese immigrant, he was arrested on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack and never returned home. Regina's father rarely spoke about her grandfather throughout his life. Yet on his deathbed, he asked Regina to investigate the circumstances surrounding her grandfather's disappearance. Through her research in the public records of the U.S. Library of Congress, Regina discovered that her grandfather, Tsuruju Miyazaki, was born in 1897 and immigrated to Virginia at the age of 25. In the U.S., he started a family and ran a successful restaurant. But on December 7, 1941, his life took a tragic turn when Japan's Imperial Navy attacked Pearl Harbor. Tsuruju became one of the 120,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated in internment camps during WWII. The U.S. government forced Tsuruju to leave his home, family and business and sent him to a large internment camp in Arkansas. His eldest son, Raymond, was only 3 years old. Tsuruju died in 1946 at the age of 48, before he could be reunited with his family. A VANISHED DREAM: WARTIME STORY OF MY JAPANESE GRANDFATHER follows Regina's quest to find the cause of her grandfather's death and explore the legacy he left behind.
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