Farewell to Manzanar Excerpt. Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston. In her book Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston tells the story of what it was like to be. Clarify your understanding by rereading passages, summarizing, or slowing down your reading pace. As you read the excerpt from Farewell to Manzanar, use a. this excerpt from her memoir, think about her first impressions of the camp. Section 4 Excerpt from Farewell to Manzanar by James D. Houston and Jeanne.

Author: Arashizahn Tojak
Country: Singapore
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Literature
Published (Last): 17 April 2014
Pages: 87
PDF File Size: 3.61 Mb
ePub File Size: 13.43 Mb
ISBN: 961-6-64723-542-6
Downloads: 48601
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kagagor

This instantly cleared the street, and the riot was over. Another nineteen-year-old died five days later.

Farewell to Manzanar : NPR

Book excerpts are provided by the publisher and may contain language some find offensive. Some have called this an anniversary demonstration organized by militantly pro-Japan forces in the camp. In typical Japanese fashion, they all wanted to excrrpt independent commercial fisherman, yet they almost always fished together. He was over fifty. Army in France and in Germany, and he was so frustrated by manzabar treatment at Manzanar he was ready to renounce his citizenship and sail to the old country.

The man who emerged as leader of the rioters was Hawaiian born Joe Kurihara. Then word came that he had been taken in to custody and shipped out. On that first weekend in December there must have been twenty or twenty-five boats getting ready to leave. For a man raised in Japan, there was no greater disgrace. To the FBI every radio owner was a potential saboteur. The Internal Security Force, made up of internees like the demonstrators, had evaporated in the face of such a mob.

They floated awhile, then they began to grow, tiny gulls becoming boats again, a white armada cruising toward us. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. And it was the humiliation. It was also marvelously warm, almost summery, the way December days can be sometimes in southern California.


The American-born author describes her family’s experiences and impressions when they were forced to relocate to a camp for the Japanese in Owens Valley, California, called Manzanar, during World War II, detailing how she, among others, survived in a place of oppression, confusion, and humiliation. Ten children and a lot of hard luck had worn him down, had worn away most of the arrogance he came to this country with.

Farewell to Manzanar

She was a small, plump woman who laughed easily and cried easily, but I had never seen her cry like this. It seems now except she wept for days. I remember it was Sunday because I manzannar out of school, which meant I could go down to the wharf and watch. Food and the Japanese Internment Dec. When the boats came back, the women who lived on Terminal Island would be rushing to the canneries.

They kept floating out there, suspended, as if the horizon had finally become what it always seemed to be from the shore: The land of his birth was at war with America; yet after thirty-five years here he was still prevented by law from becoming an American citizen.

Papa himself did not take part and he kept all of us with him in the barracks during the day and night it lasted. Before this is over, somebody is going to be killed. Looking back, what they now call the December Riot seems to have been inevitable.

My oldest brothers, Bill and Woody, were his crew. Five hundred Japanese families lived there then, and FBI deputies had been questioning everyone, ransacking houses for anything that could conceivably be used for signaling planes or ships or that indicated loyalty to the Emperor. But the bells were still ringing. Several months later, his family learned he was imprisoned in a federal prison in Fort Lincoln, N.

Some meetings turned into shouting sessions. Against Papa’s orders I kept sneaking looks out the window, and I saw something I had only seen mwnzanar before. It brought him face to face with his own vulnerability, his own powerlessness. Paperback, pages, Random House, List Price: Tayama couldn’t identify anyone precisely, but the next day three men were arrested and one of these was sent out of the camp to the country jail at Independence, ten miles away. He had no rights, no home, no control over his own life.


With the bells and the MP jeeps patrolling up and down the streets, I was a long time getting to sleep.

A lot of fishermen around San Pedro Harbor had similar contracts with the canneries. Papa had a mustache then. What had they charged him with? Papa excerpg to give orders.

They rang for higher wages, they rang for better food, they rang for open revolt, for patriotism, for common sense, and manzznar a wholesale return to Japan. It happened exactly a year after the Pearl Harbor attack. The next morning I awoke long after sunup. They would take off from Terminal Island, help each other find the schools of sardine, share nets and radio equipment — competing and cooperating at the same time.

Then we just stood there with the other women, watching. Mama knew they were taking all the alien men first to an interrogation center right there on the island. Most of the houses had radios with a short-wave band and a high aerial on the roof so that wives could make contact with the fishing boats during these long cruises.

Excerpt: ‘Farewell to Manzanar’

My mother began to weep. I was too young to witness any of it. But I remember the deadly quiet in excert camp the morning before it began, that heavy atmosphere threat of something about to burst.