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Farewell To Manzanar Essay

752 words - 4 pages

 
Farewell
 to
 Manzanar
 Essay
 

 

Farwell
 to
 Manzanar
 is
 an
 autobiography
 of
 Jeanne
 Wakatsuki
 Houston.
 
 

The
 story
 is
 about
 Jeanne
 and
 her
 family,
 composed
 of
 her
 father
 Ko,
 her
 mother
 Riku
 and
 nine
 
siblings
 during
 World
 War
 II.
 
 Her
 parents
 are
 first-­‐generation
 Japanese
 immigrants,
 called
 Issei.
 
The
 children
 are
 called
 Nisei,
 they
 are
 natural
 American
 citizens
 and
 second-­‐generation
 Japanese.
 
The
 story
 begins
 on
 December ...view middle of the document...

 
 
Unfortunately
 for
 her
 and
 her
 family,
 they
 cannot
 change
 or
 hide
 their
 looks;
 it
 is
 apparent
 that
 
they
 are
 of
 Japanese
 descent,
 a
 fact
 that
 will
 cause
 them
 many
 troubles.
 Her
 mother
 is
 insulted
 
when
 a
 secondhand
 dealer
 offers
 her
 only
 fifteen
 dollars
 for
 her
 best
 china,
 she
 angrily
 smashes
 
the
 entire
 set
 in
 front
 of
 him.
 Prior
 to
 the
 bombing
 of
 Pearl
 Harbor,
 Jeanne
 sees
 herself
 as
 an
 
American.
 Her
 father
 always
 told
 her
 not
 to
 label
 people.
 But
 once
 at
 Manzanar
 she
 finds
 herself
 
into
 a
 world
 where
 she
 is
 grouped
 by
 her
 racial
 identity
 and
 therefore
 is
 no
 longer
 seen
 as
 an
 
unique
 person,
 but
 she
 is
 a
 part
 of
 a
 group
 that,
 at
 that
 time,
 were
 despised
 by
 many
 Americans.
 
While
 in
 the
 camp,
 Jeanne
 is,
 for
 the
 first
 time,
 in
 a
 community
 exclusively
 made
 up
 only
 of
 other
 
Japanese-­‐Americans.
 We
 have
 an
 image
 of
 the
 discrimination
 that
 Japanese
 immigrants
 were
 

 


 

1
 

facing
 during
 that
 time
 from
 Jeanne’s
 father
 answer
 during
 his
 interrogation.
 .“I
 have
 been
 living
 in
 
this
 country
 nine
 years
 longer
 than
 you
 have.
 Do
 you
 realize
 that?
 Yet,
 I
 am
 prevented
 by
 law
 from
 
becoming
 a
 citizen.
 I
 am
 prevented
 by
 law
 from
 owning
 land.
 I
 am
 now
 separated
 from
 my
 family
 
without
 cause
 (45)”.
 The
 examiner
 asks
 which
 nation
 the
 father
 would
 like
 to
 win
 he
 war,
 and
 his
 
answer:
 "When
 your
 mother
 and
 father
 are
 having
 a
 fight,
 do
 you
 want
 them
 to
 kill
 each
 other?
 Or
 
do
 you
 just
 want
 them
 to
 stop
 fighting?"
 shows
 how
 difficult
 it
 is
 for
 the
 first
 generation
 of
 
immigrants
 to
 identify
 themselves.
 Once
 Jeanne
 and
 her
...

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