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Farewell to Manzanar


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ISBN13: 9780307976079
ISBN10: 0307976076
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Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar internment camp--with 10,000 other Japanese Americans. Along with searchlight towers and armed guards, Manzanar ludicrously featured cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, sock hops, baton twirling lessons and a dance band called the Jive Bombers who would play any popular song except the  nation's #1 hit: "Don't Fence Me In."

Farewell to Manzanar is the true story of one spirited Japanese-American family's attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention . . . and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States.

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Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston live and write in Santa Cruz, California. For their teleplay for the NBC television drama based on Farewell to Manzanar, they received the prestigious Humanitas Prize.

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Daniel F, October 19, 2014 (view all comments by Daniel F)
Some people in this country are completely oblivious to the fact that there is racism everywhere. Some people don’t even know that they are racist themselves. In America, people like Asians, Spanish/Mexicans, and African Americans get teased and abused because of their race. More people need to open their eyes and see this injustice.
I think a good way to get people to open their eyes are by reading about books especially about the Japanese during WW2. Recently, I have read novels like Under the Blood Red Sun, and Eyes of the Emperor, which were two very good books about the discrimination against Japanese. While reading Farewell to Manzanar, I really felt how Jeanne felt during her childhood growing up with discrimination. I cant say that I connect on the same level as her in military camps, but I can imagine what it must be like to have the whole world hate your guts for something your country did.
This is a great book, and I cannot stress any more about how much you need to read this. It is very informative of the way people were treated, and the way some people are treated still today. This novel also shows how even through tough times, when families are close to falling apart, there will always be some kind of love, or hope to bring it back together. Whenever life throws something hard at you, and you cant get fight back, deal with the hardships and be ready for the next thing that life throws at you. Just like how Jeanne faces discrimination from people in many different stages of her life. I found many parts of this book to be inspirational to stand up for yourself.
“When your mother and father are having a fight, do you want them to kill each other? Or do you want them to stop fighting(pg59)”. As I finish this novel, this quote sticks in my mind, because even though we might not be able to stop racism, we could have stopped war. We didn’t need all these deaths. This book can connect to almost anybody on almost any level, and I would recommend reading this book.
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KaisenN, October 17, 2014 (view all comments by KaisenN)
We live a good life here in America. We basically live in a first class society. But this is not the case for some countries. Puerto Rico is one of the countries, in the mid 1900's that did not have the best living conditions. In fact, it was even hard to get a job, and live substantially in a good house.
Negi, a small, Spanish speaking child, seeks a better life. She lives in a house with a dirt floor, there are high risks of snake and scorpion bites, and on top of that, she has five other brothers and sisters. Her mother, Mami, does not have a job until later in the story, and her father, Papi, is almost never home. Her parents fight frequently, making it hard for Negi to go to sleep some nights. Although she has all of this commotion in her personal life, she has a incredible passion for living a better life. She is moved to different relatives to live, and she keeps moving school. This puts her back in her education because she has to catch up on the information the rest of the class is learning. Although the constant setbacks may eventually discourage the average human being, Negi keeps trying to learn English and learn the subjects.
Readers would enjoy this book. Although this story of Esmeralda Santiago had depressing sections, it is all worth.
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Summer L, October 16, 2014 (view all comments by Summer L)
Enemy of My Own Country

Whenever I look at my 104-year-old great grandmother's weary eyes, I can only imagine how much pain and suffering she and all the other Japanese-Americans had to endure after the bombing at Pearl Harbor. I think about what would have happened to me if I lived during World War II. Because of my ethnicity, my loyalty would have been questioned, and every action I made would have been monitored by the government. After reading FAREWELL TO MANZANAR by Jeanne Wakatsuki, I have gained a more profound appreciation for the respect that I receive today. Through this book, I have learned to be more thankful for simple pleasures such as using the bathroom privately and being able to walk around without people hating me just because I am Japanese.

FAREWELL TO MANZANAR vividly depicts how life can be one thing and then, change to its polar opposite. In the beginning of the book, Jeanne Wakatsuki and her family live a typical American life on the coast of California. When a war between Japan and The United States is sparked, her family is forced to move to an inland camp. There, the Japanese Americans faced bitterly cold winters, brutally hot summers, and humiliation. One example of being humiliated was when the Japanese women at the camp were forced to use the bathroom in public. “Twelve toilet bowls were arranged in six pairs, back to back, with no partitions. My mother was a very modest person, and this was going to be agony for her, sitting down in public, among strangers (23)". I don't know how her mother could do that when I don't even feel comfortable changing in the girls' locker room. Jeanne's family faced further challenges when they were forced to leave camp. They were not only thought of as the enemy by the government but by their fellow neighbors as well. Nothing would ever return to the way it was before the war started.

This book reminds me how lucky I am to live in an era that has learned from previous mistakes and won't overreact just because someone is of the enemy's descent.
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Product Details

Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki
Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki
Houston, James D.
Jeanne Houston
Ethnic - Asian American
Children s-General
memoir;wwii;history;non-fiction;japanese americans;autobiography;fiction;internment camps;biography;internment;young adult;california;japan;racism;japanese;ya;historical fiction;japanese internment;american history;war;japanese american;1940s;usa;japanese
memoir;wwii;history;non-fiction;japanese americans;autobiography;fiction;internment camps;biography;internment;young adult;california;japan;racism;japanese;ya;historical fiction;japanese internment;american history;war;japanese american;1940s;usa;japanese
memoir;wwii;history;non-fiction;japanese americans;autobiography;internment camps;fiction;biography;internment;young adult;california;japan;racism;ya;japanese;historical fiction;japanese internment;war;american history;japanese american;1940s;usa;japanese
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Grade Level:
from 7
8.13 x 6.15 x 0.57 in 0.44 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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