Study Guide

Arthur Chambers in Snow Falling on Cedars

By David Guterson

Arthur Chambers

Arthur is Ishmael's dad. Prior to his death, he ran the San Piedro Review (the paper that Ishmael now runs and reports for). He was a fierce opponent of bigotry and champion of San Piedro's Japanese American population, which shaped his approach to journalism during World War II and the internment of San Piedro's Japanese and Japanese American residents. Some people (Ed Soames, for example) compare Ishmael unfavorably with his father.