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Book recounts the challenges of an interracial romance at Earlham during WWII

March 10, 2020

Earlham College has republished Don't Cry, Chiisai, Don't Cry by Ruth Farlow Uyesugi, a 1945 graduate of the school. Her book, first published in 1977, recounts her wartime romance with Edward Uyesugi, also a 1945 graduate of Earlham.

Edward and 23 other Japanese Americans enrolled at Earlham during World War II to avoid internment camps that the U.S. government had authorized after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The College was one of the few schools in the nation that agreed to accept American students of Japanese ancestry.


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As a Quaker school, Earlham understood its acceptance of these otherwise interned Japanese American students as a matter of principle. Friendships with these students would be encouraged at the school. Interracial dating, however, was much more complicated.

After graduating from Earlham, author Ruth Farlow Uyesugi became a journalist and writer as well as a Paoli Indiana High School teacher for 55 years. She first published Don’t Cry, Chiisai, Don’t Cry in 1977.

After Uyesugi’s death in 2018, the family asked Earlham to republish their mother’s book as a way to document their parents’ unique story. The new edition includes a note from the family and a forward from Darcie Chan, a New York Times bestselling author and former student of Uyesugi. An afterword from Earlham historian Thomas Hamm also has been added to the book.

Information about ordering the book is available at earlham.edu/dontcry.

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Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.

 

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