Bend With the Wind

As told by:  Susy Eto Bauman, Nancy Eto Mihara, Grace Eto Shibata,  Alice Eto Sumida

Edited by Naomi Shibata

Bend with the Wind tells the story of an extraordinary woman, Grace Eto Shibata, and her family in 20th century California. It is the story of one family's belief in the American dream and offers a window into the history of a generation of Japanese Americans growing up in the 1930s and 1940s. As seen through the eyes of the youngest of eight children, Grace's account spans 100 years of her family history, beginning with her parents' immigration to the California's Central Coast in the early twentieth century. The story follows a generation of pioneers whose resilience and determination built strong families and strong communities. It shares the values that bound Grace's tightly knit family and supported Grace throughout her life, a life shaped by World War II, an arranged marriage, a family business, and motherhood.