When the Emperor Was Divine
We are introduced to an unassuming mother of two living in Berkeley, California in the spring of 1942 as she reads a posted notice about relocation. As she methodically prepares to leave her home of two decades for an unspecified period, she dispenses with the family pets, hides her valuables, does her best to allay her children’s fears, and makes arrangements to have her home rented. She eagerly reads censored letters from her husband who was seized in the night and imprisoned. His crime is that he is of Japanese descent. Her family’s nightmare is about to begin as they are forced to live behind barbed wire in deplorable conditions for the duration of World War II. A vivid portrayal of a dark period in our country’s history when we were ruled by prejudice and fear.