Without rhetorical devices, would the audience feel nothing as they read Farewell to Manzanar? They also move to another place in Boyle Heights, but only a little while later they're forced to move to Manzanar. Papa has some physical changes in his appearance when he returns. Before the relocation to Manzanar, the setting was in Long Beach, California. Magnifying the already existing dilemma of discrimination, the bombing of Pearl Harbor introduced Japanese-Americans to the harsh and unjust treatment they were forced to confront for a lifetime to come. In contrast to the dramatic dish-smashing scene, some of the most memorable details incorporate humor, an essential ingredient in the Wakatsukis' grip on sanity as their world turns upside down and jolts them from a comfortable, secure lifestyle. When Mama takes over the family's financial support, Jeanne confesses that Papa no longer deserves respect, an admission which wounds her more deeply than it hurts Ko.
Her struggle leads her far afield to the formation of a new nuclear unit, the first Wakatsuki to marry out of her race and produce mixed-race children. As she moves through the ruins, she manages to recollect her past life in the Manzanar camp. They were unable to recapture the closeness of family life until many years later. Jeanne goes on to talking about her life with her family in the camp. Mama moves the family to the Japanese ghetto on Terminal Island and then to Boyle Heights in Los Angeles. Papa will show with the little things he does, how he is traditional, demanding and very versatile. The naïve belief that she can escape her Japanese face and make the world see her as only American leads to her downfall, for when she realizes that people will never see her as truly American, she is left with nothing.
Houston, Papa was born in Japan and he moved to America. For example, Wakatsuki Houston recalls boarding the bus to the internment camp feeling excited and proud of the new coat her mother had bought her. Magnifying the already existing dilemma of discrimination, the bombing of Pearl Harbor introduced Japanese-Americans to the harsh and unjust treatment they were forced to confront for a lifetime to come. Before, the Wakatsukis were waving for Bill, Woody and their father as they were going fishing with a fleet of boats; before they knew it, the fishermen were returning to the shore. Papa felt betrayed and forgotten, thus causing him to die a broken and homeless man. The ironic part of it is that her family spent their entire time together in the same camp.
Being in an internment camp and learning to deal with racism at such a young age makes it difficult for her to develop a positive self-identity. The return of the patriarch further separates the family. I believed in him completely just then, believed in the fierceness flashing in his wild eyes. In the beginning of her story, she told about how her family was close, but how they drifted apart during and after their internment in the camp. The problems of being interned don't end when the camps do.
Losing her father to arrest, and moving to the nearly exclusively Japanese Terminal Island immediately changes Jeanne's life. During the time she lived at Manzanar, she had become a different person with a different perspective on life. Occasional touches of lyricism remind the reader that poetry springs from the humblest and most unlikely settings — for example, Jeanne's perception that It is so characteristically Japanese, the way lives were made more tolerable by gathering loose desert stones and forming with them something enduringly human. Because their physical features reflected the hated Tojo, fanatical kamikaze, and the Emperor of Japan, Caucasian hysteria viewed Japanese Americans as a highly visible — and hateable — target. Along with ten thousand other , the Wakatsuki was sent on a bus to , California.
Together they become baton twirlers for a neighboring Boy Scout troop, and Jeanne ends up so good that she even becomes majorette for them. In a sense all of Papa's rights have been stripped. She doesn't identify with the teachings of the geisha she visits. Front and center is a domestic drama about racism and violation of civil rights can impact the cohesion and order of a family. Much of her time at Manzanar is spent trying to develop her identity, and this becomes a theme in this work.
Jeanne and the other kids go off and do their own thing while the adults in the camp do theirs, and in the process Jeanne becomes much more independent. As with most earthly truths, the lessons gained at Manzanar are reasserted to each generation so that, hopefully, subsequent eras will avoid the bigotry of their forebears. Throughout history, fathers have had the responsibility of protecting and caring for their families. The author uses an anecdote when she describes an orphan who became baptized. However, Papa seems to have tremendously changed after his return form the detention camp were he was accused of spying and disloyalty. Since she finds herself surrounded by only Japanese for the first time in her life, she naturally begins to feel the conflict of being both Japanese and American.
Let's take a look at some of the ideas that occur throughout her work. The number of Manzanar internees shrinks due to relocation of families courtesy of a government policy and drafting. The family slowly begin to drift apart, starting by them not eating as a family anymore. Houston, explains and sheds some light during the times where internment camps still prevailed. Before the evacuation, they lived in Ocean Park, California, a white neighborhood. Life in Manzanar, as a member of a nationally mistrusted and hated group of people, completely changes Jeanne's life.
She was sixty five when the Wakatsuki first entered Manzanar as a family. The fear, hatred and racism directed toward Japanese Americans came out in different ways. The stories she shares illustrate the long-term impact this experience has on her and over 100,000 other Japanese Americans. The book finally ends with Jeanne all grown up and on a pilgrimage back to Manzanar with her husband and kids. Jeanne Wakatsuki and her family were one of the many families who were relocated to this camp named Manzanar. Working the American dream to his benefit, Ko garners numerous skills — fishing, farming, denture and furniture making, orchard pruning, and translation.