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'Farewell to Manzanar' by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston
Transcript of 'Farewell to Manzanar' by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston
H. English II Who is Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston? Shikata ga nai: It can't be helped, it must be done. Within the next week, her father was arrested, taken to Fort Lincoln in North Dakota, and kept away from them for nearly 9 months. Ex Parte Endo Manzanar "At seven I was too young to be insulted. The camp worked me in a much different way. I wasn't aware of this at the time, of course." After arresting Jeanne’s father, the government began to interrogate him. When asked who he wanted to win the war (World War II), he replied, “When your mother and father are fighting, do you want them to kill each other? Or do you just want them to stop fighting?” Farewell to Manzanar by: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston Imagine you're a Japanese American on the date these two newspapers were published... Now, imagine that you were only 7 years old. How would this make you feel about yourself? Jeanne was waving to her father from the coast as he and his crew went out fishing as they usually do. When she, her mother, and her sisters saw the men returning was when they realized something was wrong. This was Sunday, December 7, 1941. Within a month, her mother moved them out of their home and in with her married brother On February 19, 1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, giving the War Department authority to define military areas in the western states and to exclude from them anyone who might threaten the war effort (a.k.a: Japanese Americans). " The Caucasian servers were thinking that the fruit poured over rice would make a good dessert. Among the Japanese, of course, rice is never eaten with sweet foods... But at this point no one dared protest. It would have been impolite." "Papa never said more than three or four sentences about his nine months at Fort Lincoln. Few men who spent time there will talk about it more than that. Not because of the physical hardships: he had been through worse times on fishing trips down to Mexico. It was the charge of disloyalty. For a man raised in Japan, there was no greater disgrace." Manzanar's barracks were not built with great attention to detail. It was prone to frequent sand storms and extremely high temperatures (sometimes reaching over 100* F). So, I'm sure you can sympathize with how comfortable everyone there was. December 18, 1944: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that loyal citizen cannot be held in detention camps against their will, the first major step toward the closing to the camps. November 21, 1945: Manzanar Camp officially closes June, 1952: Congress passes Public Law 414, granting Japanese aliens the right to become naturalized U.S. citizens. ...secret asian man or Loyalty? ...Questions? Japanese National Anthem