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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...
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...
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  • 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.

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  • Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston was born in California in 1934. She attended San Jose State University, where she met her husband, James D. Houston. For their teleplay for the NBC drama based on Farewell to Manzanar, they received the prestigious Humanitas Prize.
    James D. Houston (1933–2009) was the author of several books including The Last Paradise, which received a 1999 American Book Award for fiction.

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  • DOGO Books ikyra_marie - This was actually a pretty decent book.It's about this young Japanese- American girl that lives with her brothers and sisters in Fresno, California.She gets treated different by everybody just because her race is japanese and she looks different.Her family then gets booted out of their home taking barely anything and are forced to get onto a bus to take them to an internment camp.They live an extremely hard life at the internment camp, living in the middle of the desert with wind blowing in their uncomfortable and unbareable living situations.They had to live in things called barracks, which were outside where all the dust could blow in.After a couple years living in these terrible conditions.The girl (Jeanne Watkatsuki Houston) and her family are finally able to move out of it with thousands and thousand of many other innocent Japanese americans who did absolutely no harm to anyone whatsoever.Just like how the african americans were taken as slaves and dubbed as dumb, and stupid, or as property because of race and skin color.Not fair at all.Jeanne goes to school, she has now grown up quite a bit and is no longer the scared, seven year old girl she was when her family got moved to the internment camp.She does batton twirling and other things.She makes friends with a girl and one day wants to join girl scouts.The next day the girl comes back and says no just because Jeanne is Japanese and is different then white people.The story then goes on and Jeanne becomes an adult and has her own kids,the story ends with her taking her kids on a road trip to visit the old,destroyed internment camp where she was basically held prisoner for no reason.It holds a lot of memories for her.I had to read tis book for summer read for English class and then write an essay on it.I really though it was an important book because it has to do with racial unfairness and injustice just because another person is different or their skin is a different color.That is the theme of this book.Overall,it was pretty well written, almost like a biographical kind of book and also historical too.Anyone who likes books or topics about history or world wars 1 or 2 would like this book.

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