The first-ever regional treatment of the Japanese immigrants in the Monterey Bay Region. The book begins with the earliest Japanese immigration into the region in the 1880s, and continues through the 1980s. The book has a unique chapter comparing the immigrant experience of the Japanese and their predecessors in the region, the Chinese. The book also has an extensive appendix that outlines the federal immigration laws affecting not only the Japanese, but all immigrants to the United States.
The book also includes several little-known stories, including the December 20, 1941 attach by Japanese submarine I-23 on the oil tanker Agiworld in Monterey Bay. Also, for the first time, the book outlines the bitter racism that greeted the Japanese and Japanese-Americans as they began to return to their homes at the end of World War II. The story of the new Japanese immigrants from Kagoshima who came into the region in the 1950s and developed the cut-flower industry is also illuminated.