Farewell to Manzanar, is written by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and co-wrote by James D. Houston. Chapter six, “Whatever He Did Had Flourish”, explains Ko Wakatsuki’s, Jeanne’s father, history. Jeanne called her father “Papa”. Papa grew up in the Samurai class of Japan. He originally wanted to be in the Japanese navy, but he then he backed out and moved to the United States, using his favorite aunt’s money.
The American Dream is the ideology that every United States citizen has the equal opportunity to achieve their own set goals, if they are willing to put in the hard work and determination to do so. Throughout John Mellencamp’s music career, he is known for interpreting the American Dream within the narrative style of his songs. In the song “Little Pink Houses” by John Mellencamp, which was released in 1983, was no exception towards his normality. Mellencamp emphasizes his viewpoints towards what it means to obtain and achieve the American Dream in the modern day society. John Mellencamp suggests that not everyone is able to achieve the American Dream because only some can achieve it, but most others are unable throughout the lyrics.
Girl who rose from the ruins of Manzanar Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston wrote the book namely Farewell to Manzanar is an autobiographical memoir of writer’s confinement at the place Manzanar that happened to be a Japanese-American internment camp. The book is based on the happenings during the time of America and Japan dispute and what happened to the Japanese families’ resident in the United States of America. It is written by Houston to recollect as well as represent at the same time what happened to the well-settled Japanese families in the doubt of disloyalty. In this book, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston argues by remembering all the major and minor effects of war on her family consisting of her parents, granny, four brothers and five sisters. Houston has written this book as a memoir of her wartime incarceration along with her family starting with a forward and a timeline as well.
he title of the book I chose was “The Blindside”. This book was written by Michael Lewis and published in 10/12/09. The story was moved to the big screen in 2009 with Sandra bullock, Tim McGraw, and Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher. The novel is an emotional and compelling true autobiography of former super bowl champion and all American Michael Oher. There are 352 pages and 12 chapters.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them,” is one of the many good quotes by Walt Disney. I believe it is worth it to dream because dreaming will make people work harder, dreams can distract people from bad things in life, and they can allow people to prove the world wrong. Over the past few months my class and I have been looking at articles, reading books, and watching videos to help us decide whether it is worth it to dream or not.
People always try everything that is within them to achieve their dreams. This happens because since little people think big without looking at the circumstances that are around. People think that they could become anything if they work for it. They are excited thinking about what they can do to be better every day so they could be able to reach their goals, nevertheless, then there comes a time in life when all dreams start to become impossible and more distant every day. In Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell reveal several stories that talk about different people that have become successful in different ways.
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.
Authors Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston wanted to write Farwell to Manzanar not to reiterate the injustices that were placed upon the Japanese population, but to share what it was like from the Japanese people and what all went on within the fences of the internment camps. At first they were told that the issue of the internment camps was a dead topic, but Jeanne and James wanted to share Jeanne’s families story to express the injustice in a different light. By telling the personal story of the Wakatsuki family in Manzanar, an internment camp, it put a face to the people who were trapped within the boundaries of the camp. Twenty-five years after her release from Manzanar, Jeanne was now able to talk about her time in the camp
Dreams: Our Best Motivator What if you woke up one day where you suddenly knew the future and saw that none of your dreams came true? You probably wouldn’t even want to live anymore, right? This could be the case for everyone, but no one ever knows. In John Steinbeck's novella, Of Mice and Men, many characters have dreams like anyone else, but most of theirs are ill-fated.
AM I MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE That’s the question most of us forget to ask ourselves when we are about to decisions. We might choose to do things in our own way, but the right choice is right in front of us even though we might not be able to see it. We choose to make decisions that serves as a dissever to our lives and we fail to take responsibility for our actions. Just look at yourself through this journey of life and ask yourself a simple question: Am I making the right choice?