9780618216208

Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment

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  • ISBN13:

    9780618216208

  • ISBN10:

    0618216200

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-04-29
  • Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

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Summary

During World War II a community called Manzanar was hastily created in the high mountain desert country of California, east of the Sierras. Its purpose was to house thousands of Japanese American internees. One of the first families to arrive was the Wakatsukis, who were ordered to leave their fishing business in Long Beach and take with them only the belongings they could carry. For Jeanne Wakatsuki, a seven-year-old child, Manzanar became a way of life in which she struggled and adapted, observed and grew. For her father it was essentially the end of his life. At age thirty-seven, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston recalls life at Manzanar through the eyes of the child she was. She tells of her fear, confusion, and bewilderment as well as the dignity and great resourcefulness of people in oppressive and demeaning circumstances. Written with her husband, Jeanne delivers a powerful first-person account that reveals her search for the meaning of Manzanar. Farewell to Manzanar has become a staple of curriculum in schools and on campuses across the country. Last year the San Francisco Chronicle named it one of the twentieth century"s 100 best nonfiction books from west of the Rockies.

Author Biography

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston was born in Inglewood, California. She studied sociology and journalism at San Jose State University, where she and her husband first met. For their teleplay for the NBC television drama based on Farewell to Manzanar, they received the prestigious Humanitas Prize. Jeanne's widely anthologized essays and short stories were first collected in Beyond Manzanar: Views of Asian American Womanhood. Her works have earned numerous honors, including a United States-Japan Cultural Exchange Fellowship; a Rockefeller Foundation residence at Bellagio, Italy; and a 1984 Wonder Woman Award, given to women over forty who have made outstanding achievements in pursuit of truth and positive social change James D. Houston was born in San Francisco. In seven novels and several nonfiction works he has explored the history and cultures of the western United States and the Asia/Pacific region. Jim's works include Snow Mountain Passage, Continental Drift, In the Ring of Fire: A Pacific Basin Journey, and The Last Paradise, which received a 1999 American Book Award for fiction. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Jim has received a National Endowment for the Arts writing grant, a Library of Congress Story Award, and he has twice traveled to Asia lecturing for the U.S.I.S. Arts America program. He and his wife live and write in Santa Cruz, California

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
A Chronology xiii
Terms Used in This Book xv
Part 1
``What Is Pearl Harbor?''
3(6)
Shikata Ga Nai
9(12)
A Different Kind of Sand
21(4)
A Common Master Plan
25(6)
Almost a Family
31(11)
Whatever He Did Had Flourish
42(12)
Fort Lincoln: An Interview
54(5)
Inu
59(6)
The Mess Hall Bells
65(5)
The Reservoir Shack: An Aside
70(3)
Yes Yes No No
73(12)
Part 2
Manzanar, U.S.A.
85(8)
Outings, Explorations
93(12)
In the Firebreak
105(4)
Departures
109(4)
Free to Go
113(7)
It's All Starting Over
120(8)
Ka-ke, Near Hiroshima: April 1946
128(6)
Re-entry
134(7)
A Double Impulse
141(11)
The Girl of My Dreams
152(15)
Part 3
Ten Thousand Voices
167(18)
Afterword 185

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