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
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.
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
So Chase tries to bond with her while making the video but she doesn’t want to bond with him. Because when he was a bully he put a cherry bomb in the piano in the presentation, the person playing the piano was Shoshanna’s brother Joel. Her brother was sent to a different school because her parents felt that that school was not a good school for him to be in since he was getting picked on daily. Then when Shoshanna’s parents figured that she was partners with Chase, they didn’t like that they were partners with each other because Chase was responsible for Joel going to a different school. She then convinces her parents to have Joel come back to the school.
Summary of the theme/plot The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete gave a clear, concise description of a young boy who was given no choice but to grow up at a young age. Mister is a 13 year old 8th grader, who has dreams of becoming an actor and making it out of the inner city housing. Mister has trouble in school and does not want to repeat the 8th grade. His teacher’s way of helping him is to make him repeat the 8th grade since Mister refused after school help. Mister lives in a two bedroom government assistance housing with his dismantled mother who has taken in her friends son Pete.
It hurt him that people were so racially discriminatory against him and that he couldn’t do anything to stop it. Throughout the story, he flashbacks to different points of his life where he shows us how important getting an education is to his family. He really wants to succeed to impress his parents, “What hurt me the most is that I won’t be able to become a telephone operator like Dad wants me to”(185). The school staff doesn’t understand his desire for getting his family out of poverty. The principal just assumes that he doesn’t care about getting an education.
His dull and average life seemingly pushes him to the brink and makes him start wondering what the point of his existence is if he was “...the surest person to perform nothing today…” (Hawthorne 1). At a certain point even he was bored of himself, which is interesting because he can’t stand being the ideal guy. It makes the reader ask themselves why society sets these standards that make people miserable and unhappy. At the start of “Bartleby the Scrivener”, Bartleby already is miserable and unhappy. Though the narrator originally leads the reader to believe that this is because Bartleby works day and night with “...no pause for digestion” and hardly speaks to his co workers, it is because life has already worn him out (Melville 11).
Judy Fong-Bates short story “The Gold Mountain Coat” and Susan Young’s poem “Wordsmith” portray a strained relationship between a father and his children. Both the fathers are distant from their children but while the father in “Wordsmith” makes sincere efforts to bond with his daughter, Sam sing from “The Gold Mountain coat” chooses to remain strict and unapproachable towards his two sons. From the beginning of both the pieces of literature, the main difference of love and approachability is evident. Sam Sing fails to show any emotion towards his sons even though they work hard for him in the chinese restaurant. They are scared to ask him for the money to buy a coat despite being two adult men as they have been conditioned from the beginning
For example, the text states, “…being the kind of people they were, imbued to an equal degree with a habitual solitude, neither took the initiative to open his heart to the other.” Outside of Tony’s family life, he also has trouble in school and in the public. Since his first name is Tony, the Japanese children ridiculed him for being a “half-breed,”
"It's tragic to have sight but no vision." - Hellen Keller This quote applies to Raymond Carver's story "Cathedral", which is about a sighted man who has no spiritual vision and a Blind Man with spiritual enlightenment. By the end of the story the Narrator's third eye is opened with help from the Blind Man. The Narrator is a very neurotic man. We know that the Narrator is an isolated person based on his own wife stating that he has no friends.
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. The Second allusion in the book is when they mention the Japanese Interment Camps. The Japanese Camps were set in place by the U.S. Government because
The movie begins with a fake sick Ferris and his concerned parents in his bedroom. Once Ferris is able to convince his mother and father he is sick, they don’t allow him to go to school. But once they leave, he jumps out of bed and speaks to the audiences and one of the first things out of his mouth is, “‘...that’s childish and stupid but so is high school,’” [all you need is one set of quotes here] [start a new sentence here]his distaste for high school is reflected right off the bat. Bueller’s attitude towards education is very similar to students in this generation and that is because education in the 21st century is a mess. Schools are focused on standardized testing, and regular testing which make up a large portion of the students grades.
Being whisked away to a strange prison for an attack you took no part in doesn’t seem like something the Great United States would do to someone. However, in late 1941 the Japanese-Americans are relocated from their homes to internment camps because of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In the book the reader gets an in-depth view of a family being relocated from their home in Barkley, California to the Topaz War Relocation Center in Central Utah. The reader easily sees the injustices the family suffers through the drastic changes in setting. In this piece of literature we see this Japanese-American family suffer many injustices because of their race.
They do not believe in good things in life, but they only can see the pains and helplessness. Everything can be repaired in life except humans’ minds. Both protagonists get into perplexity, they lose directions of their lives. At the end of two stories, Kreb finally realizes the epiphany and he determines to start his new life in a new town while Seymour decides to rescue himself from sorrow by ending his life with a gun. As a matter of fact, returning veterans are fragile, they are alienated from their families and have to bear the isolation.