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 the farthest point in sight, the boats turn around and sail back to the harbor. The fishermen bring news that Pearl Harbor in Hawaii has been bombed by the Japanese. That night, Ko Wakatsuki burns his heirloom Japanese flag and the documents he had brought to the United States when he moved from Japan thirty-five years ago.
Two weeks later, two federal agents take him away. The family moves several times in subsequent weeks. In April,they are ordered to report to a Buddhist temple as a pickup point for what they have been told is resettlement.
The bus ride that takes them into the California desert takes all day. Jeanne has never been out of the Los Angeles area before, and she finds the trip a grand adventure.
Her older brothers and sisters are relieved to be away from the hostility directed at them by whites. The family arrives at a camp of black barracks, hastily constructed in a desert wasteland north of Los Angeles, in the Owens Valley along the eastern Sierra Nevada. Sand is everywhere in and around the camp, Manzanar.
They are assigned two units in Block 16—two 16 by 20 foot spaces to hold twelve people. They immediately partition the rooms with blankets, giving the two young couples some privacy, and try to sleep despite the howling wind that drives sand through every crack.
As the youngest child, Jeanne is protected by her older siblings, The entire section is words. Unlock This Study Guide Now Start your hour free trial to unlock this page Farewell To Manzanar study guide and get instant access to the following: Summary Analysis 96 Homework Help Questions with Expert Answers You'll also get access to more than 30, additional guides andHomework Help questions answered by our experts.Beginning with a foreword and a time line, Farewell to Manzanar contains an autobiographical memoir of Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's wartime incarceration at Manzanar, a Japanese-American internment camp.
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Tell readers what you thought by rating and reviewing this book. Farewell to Manzanar. . Beginning with a foreword and a time line, Farewell to Manzanar contains an autobiographical memoir of Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's wartime incarceration at Manzanar, a Japanese-American internment camp.
In the book Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuk Houston and James D. Houston, Jeanne is a young, seven year old, girl who was sent with her family to live at Manzanar interment camp in with 10 thousand other Japanese Americans/5.
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston has given the reading world a rare and beneficial gift with her historically relevant, emotively rich memoir - Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment.
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Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. New York: Bantam Books, Story Summary: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston retells the moving story of her time spent in the Manzanar internment camp from to