At the farthest point in sight, the boats turn around and sail back to the harbor. The fishermen bring news that Pearl Harbor in Hawaii has been bombed by the Japanese. That night, Ko Wakatsuki burns his heirloom Japanese flag and the documents he had brought to the United States when he moved from Japan thirty-five years ago. Two weeks later, two federal agents take him away.
Specifically, it will discuss several themes in the novel, and analyze the experience of living in the relocation camps during World War II.
Life in the relocation camps changed the Japanese-Americans forever. They learned to distrust the government and whites, and learned that their families could be torn apart with ease.
Jeanne's father was a broken man after his experience in the camps, and Jeanne herself became distanced from her family. Families fell apart during their stay at Manzanar and other relocation camps. The Wakatsuki family was tight-knit and loving before they were relocated.
The father and sons operated a fishing business in Long Beach, and the family was comfortable financially. However, after Pearl Harbor was bombed, Mr. Wakatsuki was taken away, charged with being an enemy, and the family had to move twice.
Already, they were beginning to fall apart.
The author notes, "Papa had been the patriarch. He had always decided everything in the family. With him gone, my brothers, like councilors in the absence of a chief, worried about what should be done" Wakatsuki Houston, pg. Wakatsuki gone, and the family relocated to a remote camp in central California, the stress on the family continued.
Jeanne writes that the living conditions in the camp were brutal. The barracks were little more than shacks thrown together with one layer of wood and tarpaper. Numerous people shared the tiny rooms, and often they were complete strangers.
She writes, "Our two rooms were crowded, but at least it was all in the family. My oldest sister and her husband were shoved into one of those sixteen-by-twenty-foot compartments with six people they had never seen before" Wakatsuki Houston, pg.
The camp experience literally tore families apart. They lived apart from each other, and as they grew apart, they changed from loving families into people just trying to survive.
Jeanne's sister and her husband left the camp to pick sugar beets in Idaho because it was better than their life at the camp, and other families suffered similar losses.
In addition, life was so hard at the camp, many people just tried to survive, and gave up any semblance of regular family life. The first rift in the family at the camp occurred because of the tiny living quarters.
All the meals were served in a mess hall, and there was no way for the family to gain the intimacy of a family meal together.
Jeanne writes, "Before Manzanar, mealtime had always been the center of our family scene" Wakatsuki Houston, pg. However, the mess halls encouraged diners to eat with their friends, and many did.
Jeanne continues, "My own family, after three years of mess hall living, collapsed as an integrated unit.
Whatever dignity or feeling of filial strength we may have known before December was lost, and we did not recover it until many years after the war [ Her family recovered, eventually, but many more did not. The camps changed the entire lifestyle of the Japanese-Americans, and created a new and different society.
Jeanne's father was a proud, successful man before the war. She writes, "About all he had left at this point was his tremendous dignity" Wakatsuki Houston, pg. Unfortunately, his experiences at Manzanar robbed him of that dignity and turned him into a broken man.
She continues, "He was not the same man. Something terrible had happened to him in North Dakota" Wakatsuki Houston, pg. He came back an alcoholic and a bitter man - a loner who no longer had dreams, and that is the saddest affect the war had on Mr. Before the war, he was a dreamer who tried to accomplish anything he attempted.
The family is further torn apart because of his drunken rages, and Kiyo actually has to hit him one time to make him stop his threats and violence.
The family is not a family anymore, it is separate units all attempting to survive in adverse conditions.Farewell to Manzanar is Jeanne Wakatsuki's memories of her experiences at Manzanar an interment camp for Japanese and Japanese-Americans in Owens Valley.
Jeanne Wakatsuki's memoir is a nonfiction account about the terrible indignities that Japanese Americans endured at the Manzanar internment camp. Let this story never be forgotten, and fight to keep history from repeating itself.
Mar 11, · The script is based on a book by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and her husband, James D. Houston.
Both writers collaborated on the script with John Korty the film's direc “Farewell to Manzanar. Farewell to Manzanar. by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. Farewell to Manzanar is the autobiography of Jeanne Wakatsuki, who was seven years old in , when the U.S.
government forced Japanese-American families from their homes, and relocated them to internment camps. Farewell to Manzanar In the morning of december 7, , Jeanne Wakatsuki says farewell to Papa’s sardine fleet at San Pedro Harbor in California.
But soon the boats return, and news reaches the family that the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The rising action of "Farewell to Manzanar" by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D.
Houston is the Wakatsuki's experience at the internment camp. In addition, when Papa arrives to the camp a later on, and he is a changed man.