Farewell to Manzanar Study Guide

Farewell to Manzanar Study Guide

Original title:
Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment

This non-fiction novel is the memories of Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston about her family, imprisoned and sent to the concentration camp of Manzanar. The story starts from her parents, who had their own issues even before the bombing of Pearl Harbor that caused the repressions against American Japanese people. The family of Jeanne are the immigrants of first generation, who fled from war. They are relatively well adjusted in America in terms of economy, but the mentality of Jeanne’s father still remains Japanese. The culture clash appears to hit him much harder than his children raised in America.

We see the honor issues that the men of the family face and the ways they try to solve it. The fact that everything is in vain and they still have to be forcefully moved to Manzanar just for the fact of being Japanese disrupts all their life. Jeanne, who is just a child at that time, takes it relatively easy. She describes the initial conditions of the camp that were awful - cramped space, scarce food, absent hygiene conditions - so precisely that the book might become a complete shock for the American readers used to the thought that such treatment was possible only in Nazi Germany or USSR. The camp is torn apart by the growing anger of its residents and despise of the guards still embittered after the Pearl Harbor bombardment.

Jeanne’s childhood experience and her coming of age story is tightly interwoven with the story of the camp itself, the rebuilding of relatively normal life in it, her simple joys and sorrows and finally, the understanding that, despite all the sweet memories, she and her family were the prisoners there.

The book is a very powerful piece of literature that may make you rethink everything you knew about the war period in America and the fates of Japanese immigrants who were just trying to start the life anew.

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