Farewell to Manzanar, written by Jeanne Wakatsuki and her husband James D. Houston, brings the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor to life through the the reimaging of the hardships and discrimination that Jeanne and her family endured while stationed at Manzanar. After the events of Pearl Harbor, seven year-old Jeanne is evacuated with family to an internment camp in which the family will be forced to adapt to a life in containment. Through the writings of Jeanne herself, readers are able to see Jeanne’s world through her words and experience the hardships and sacrifices that the Wakatsuki family had to go through. Farewell to Manzanar takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of a young American-Japanese girl struggling to be accepted by society.
Family #19788 The memoir Looking like the Enemy, was written by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald. Set during World War II after the attack upon Pearl Harbor. The Japanese Americans living in Western part of America had a since of betrayal and fear having to evacuate their homes and enter into internment camps. Matsuda’s memoir is based off of her and her family’s experiences in the Japanese-American internment camps. Matsuda reveals what it is like during World War II as a Japanese American, undergoing family life, emotional stress, long term effects of interment, and her patriotism and the sacrifices she had to make being in the internment camps.
“Dear Miss Breed: Letters from Camp”, is a collection of over 200 letters sent to Miss Clara Estelle Breed, also known as ‘Miss Breed’, from Japanese Americans imprisoned in the Japanese Interment Camps following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Prior to World War II, Miss Breed, was the supervising librarian at the East San Diego Public Library. Through this she was able to become aquatinted with many of the Nisei (second generation Japanese Americans) children within her community. When the United States made the decision to join World War II, the young Nisei children that Miss Breed had come to care for were being forced from their homes and relocated to internment camps. Outraged by the situation, Miss Breed decided to help her young friends by becoming their
Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor was Divine is a story about a Japanese-American family and their experience in an internment camp in Utah. In the book, the young girl says to her mother “Is there anything wrong with my face?... People were staring” (15). The reader can see from this quote what it was like for the Japanese-Americans during the war. The quote shows how it was not just a national problem; it was a problem for everyone- including making a ten year old girl feel self-conscious.
December 7th, 1941, the Japanese bombed the American naval base, Pearl Harbor. The occurrence of Pearl Harbor had depleted all trust between the two races. America’s response, conducted by President Theodore Roosevelt, lead to the interment of all Japanese-Americans. The first hand account Farewell to Manzanar written by Jeanne Wakatsuki, created a vivid illustration of what life was like being a young interned Japanese-American. In more detail, the struggles they were faced with after Manzanar were far greater ultimatums her and her family begrudgingly had to overcome.
The book Dear Miss Breed was about the young lives of Japanese Americans that were taken to internment camps during WWII and about a libiran who gave them hope. The librarians name was Miss Clara Breed. Miss Bread knew all the children before they were forced into the internment camps. They would write her letters, telling her how much they were depressed and hated the camps. Knowing their condition, on a daily basis, she would give books to the children that were in the camp.
“Silver Like Dust” “Silver Like Dust” is a novel that tells the story of the author, Kimi Cunningham Grant’s Obaachan’s (Japanese word for grandmother) experience as a prisoner of war in Heart Mountain Wyoming after the Pearl Harbor bombing. The novel contains the unforgotten memories that Kimi’s Obaachan has of the Heart Mountain Internment Camp, such as how she was treated by the hakujin (Japanese word for white person), and the conditions she had to live in the internment camp. Kimi Grant wrote this story because her Obaachan was always a silent part of her life that she had yet to know about. She wanted to learn more about her Japanese heritage and to do that she wanted to learn more about her Obaachan’s experience in World War II. Kimi
What was it like for Japanese Americans in their own homes and what was it like for the 442nd team when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor? In “Wartime Mistakes”, many Japanese Americans were mistaken for Japanese that may have been pretending to live in the United States, so, to many people, they looked like they were the enemy. In “Go For Broke”, the story takes place inside a war and focuses mainly on the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (or the 442nd R.C.T. team). This article is ended with a letter from Frank Hachia to his eighth grade teacher he wrote while he was traveling by sea.
Hannah gets the privilege to open the door for the prophet elijah. When Hannah opens the door she is transported back in time to 1942. Hannah then has to live through the harshness of the concentration camps, like her grandpa and aunt did. Hannah figures out that she is living the life of her aunt Eva’s friend that passed away at the camps. She also gets to see her grandpa and aunt at the camp.
“I had nearly outgrown the shame and the guilt and the sense of unworthiness. This visit, this pilgrimage, made comprehensible, finally, the traces that remained and would always remain, like a needle.” The text Farewell To Manzanar, written by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, illustrates Jeanne’s experience while being placed in an internment camp. Jeanne’s family was faced with multiple challenges through the process of being evacuated from their home to living in an internment camp. Throughout the text, Jeanne also explains how her life was difficult compared to how she believed non-Japanese lived in America. Though the American Government was afraid that Japanese Americans potential saboteurs, they were not justified for interning them because it was not fair to blame a whole society on a small portion action’s, the families were not provided with the proper care and attention, and the Japanese-American children were faced with racism that they may have not been able to handle.
After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor the United states went into World War II, many people think that the Japanese living near the West Coast aid Japan even though they have no evidence of them doing any wrong. If the person race is Japanese or if their face look Japanese they had to move to an internment camp. The nonfiction story “Farewell to Manzanar” by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston had to face discrimination through her time at Japanese internment camp. Another nonfiction, memoir called “The Bracelet” by Yoshiko Uchida.The story explain that the narrator were having similar experience even though they both live in different area. Each person faces the same challenging time, and the perspectives of the narrator and Ruri know what was happening
Jeanne Wakatsuki, co-author of Farewell to Manzanar, is a Japanese American that was forced into an internment camp in 1941. Wakatsuki was born to two Japanese natives in Inglewood, California in 1934. Her childhood was stable, and she was surrounded by a large family consisting of nine siblings, four brothers and five sisters. When Wakatsuki was seven years old, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt ordered that all Japanese Americans be placed into federal custody. The Wakatsuki family was one of the first Japanese American families to be questioned about the Pearl Harbor tragedy because the federal government believed that all Japanese Americans were in cahoots with the Japanese military.