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Stubborn Twig, Lauren Kessler. 'The book traces the true story of three generations of a Japanese-American family in the Pacific Northwest, beginning in 1903 when Masuo Yasui arrived in Hood River. He quickly became a prominent member of the Japanese community and a successful businessman, running a general store and several orchards, brokering land deals and labor contracts, selling life insurance and travel services — "a veritable cottage industry unto himself."'

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