Imagine growing up where all you ever hear about is the war and suddenly befriending what many call “the enemy.” Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford is a novel about Henry Lee, a young Chinese-American boy, who befriends and falls in love with a Japanese-American girl, Keiko Okabe. As Henry faces different challenges he begins to grow up and make important decisions that impact him later on. He also realizes that what everyone else saw to be a threat were actually all Americans just like them. Throughout the novel, Henry faces racism, problems with his family, and the horrors of watching his best friend and her family become prisoners of an internment camp. During the book, Henry is constantly dealing with racist nicknames such as, yellow coward, Chink, Jap lover, Tojo, rice nigger, and baak gwai by the Chinese kids, which means
In “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”, author Jamie Ford depicts the friendship between Henry Lee and Keiko Okabe, a Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl whose ethnic backgrounds impacted their destinies in drastically different ways during World War II. After the attacks on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, the United States government ordered all persons of Japanese ancestry to evacuate their homes where they would then be sent to internment camps. Keiko and her family being considered Japanese even though they were truly Japanese Americans, were sent to an internment camp. While Keiko was imprisoned, Henry had to come to terms with what it meant to be Chinese, an obedient son, a trustworthy friend, and a loyal American all while having to deal with the racism and discrimination towards people of Asian
Danny Vo’s family is hosting a homecoming party for his eighteen-year-old cousin Sang Le who was sentenced in a Re-education Camp, or prison, in Hong Kong for many years. At the party, Sang Le meets a beautiful girl named Hong (who Danny rescued from the Cobras) and immediately falls in love while Hong falls in love with Danny. Unfortunately for Hong, Danny already has a crush on an American girl named Tiffany Marie Schultz. When Sang Le goes to school, he realizes it’s hard for him to learn English, and he can't understand his teachers, so he flunks out of school and joins a Vietnamese street gang called the Cobras, whose leader Sang Le relates to since the leader is also from Vietnam and he too was in a re-education camp before. He repeatedly comes home really late, lying about where he is and coming home with several hundred dollars a night.
Edgar Allen Poe, a brilliant author, once said, “Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute.” In the novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford, several characters encounter this type of conflict, specifically the main character Henry. Throughout the novel, several conflicts occur, and the time frame of the setting emphasizes these conflicts. This novel takes place during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which was an attack by the Japanese. This is significant to the book because Henry is a Chinese boy in love with a Japanese girl named Keiko. Not only are there conflicts between Keiko and Henry, but also Henry and his father, and Henry and his son, Marty.
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.
Among Pudge’s new friends is Alaska Young, with who he is obsessed with. Through creating lots of mischief, Pudge becomes closer to his friends, including the fascinating Alaska. The turning point is when Alaska receives a call late one night and leaves campus with the help of Pudge and the Colonel. Everyone finds out the next morning that Alaska died in a car crash the night before. Consumed with guilt, the Colonel and Pudge
In Maus, Art Spiegelman records his personal accounts of trying to delve into his father’s traumatic past. His father, Vladek, is a Jew from Poland who survived persecution during World War II. Art wants to create a graphic novel about what his father went through during the Holocaust, so he reconnects with Vladek in order to do so. Due to the horrifying things that the Jews went through he has trouble opening up completely about all the things that happened to him. But after Art gets together with his father many times, he is finally able to understand the past legacy of the Spiegelman family.
Flynn uses many little fragment stories to build up the whole story between himself and his father, and each of them serves as a puzzle piece to their relationship and their life, just as how Flynn himself get to know his father. Every section is a scene, or an image, which is what Didion emphasizes. Using as much sense as possible, Flynn gives special texture to the memoir, making every scene sensible and realistic to readers. When describing the homeless shelter, Flynn writes “inside the shelter the tension is inescapable – the walls exude cigarette smoke and anxiety. The air is thick, stale, dreamy, though barely masking the overpowering smell of stale sweat.” (30) When talking about the absence of fathers, Flynn builds many images of irresponsible fathers rather than talk about the idea: “Even if around, most disappear all day, to jobs their children only slightly understand.
Newsies takes place in New York City and follows the life of charismatic leader Jack Kelley who dreams of a life in Santa Fe, New Mexico and wants to go away from the hardship of the streets. Jack Kelley and his band of boys sell newspapers for a living, but when Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst (publishers of newspapers) increase their newspaper prices from 50 cents to 60 cents, the boys find a cause to fight for and rally for what is right. I remember finding out a year later that Newsies was an actual event in History as I sat in one of my Communication classes, bewilderment spreading across my face. Walking into the Pantages theater, felt like I had just stepped into the 1920’s and totally got that Great Gatsby vibe. Walking into the theater I notice refreshments all around.
Koly in Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan reminds me of Matilda in Matilda by Rhold Dahl because they both insist on learning and reading even though their families are against it. In Matilda, her family is against her learning because they are all more interested in money, food, and TV. Therefore, Matilda was unhappy with her life, so she chose to live with Mrs. Honey because she treasured education just as much as Matilda. On the other hand, Koly’s family is against her getting an education because of cultural reasons. Using what I know, I predict that Koly will become forlorn with her new life and husband, which will lead to her running away from home to get an education.
The first allusion in the Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is when they mention Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor was a U.S. naval base in Hawaii that was attacked by the Japanese in WWII. Today Pearl Harbor is now a memorial site for all the lives that were lost. This was the start of the war between the U.S. And Japan and the start of the mistaken mistrust between the U.S. And the Japanese race living in the U.S. This is shown clearly in the book when Henry the main character is hated at his school because they think he 's Japanese but he 's Chinese but the students just assume he is.
Q2: Night, is a novel written by Nobel prize winner Elie Wiesel, it was based on his own nightmarish experience at Jewish Concentration camps from 1944 to 1945. Eliezer and his family lived in a small town of Sighet. Their whole town’s population ignored the warning about the German invading. Then the entire Jewish town is transported to concentration camps. At camp Auschwitz, Eliezer is separated from his mother and sister, but stayed with his father.
When I get to my bus stop I like all my parents and they come pick me up but when they before they do that they yell at me like every other day when I get to school I go straight to the band room to drop off my bass clarinet.The bell rings as i head off to my f irst period Class. It is Mr tellano. Today we learned about religion and where they go Like heaven and hell and