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Jeanne was 7 years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed her father was arrested and her mother and 9 brothers and sisters were sent to live at an internment camp Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D Houston was published in 1973 portraying a Japanese American experience during and after World War II Manzanar is where Jeannes and her Papas life lines intersected and where her life began yet it was where her Papas ended Born in 1934 Jeanne Wakatsuki was only 7 when the US government sent her and her family to live in an internment camp For Jeanne this is where her life began Manzanar is the place where she became of age Then one afternoon there came a moment when I was cut off from both of them Papa and Mama together It wasnt loneliness I felt or isolation they were still within reach Rather it was the first brief flicker of total separateness It could have occurred anywhere we might have been living I had reached the age Houston Pg 118 Reaching the age is where a persons life really starts they become more independent and make more of their own choices Now more and more I found myself cut off from him Houston Pg 117 Being cut off means to be separated from or having much more limited access Jeannes life was being cut off from her Papas Yet while Jeannes life was beginning at Manzanar her Papas life was coming to a close Wakatsuki Ko or Papa was born in 1887 at a time in Japan when there werent warriors anymore Kos life ended at Manzanar over time it had subdued him resigned him He no longer held on to his self-respect as tightly as he had before Manzanar it had loosened his grip Like many of the older Issei men he didnt take a regular job in camp He puttered Houston Pg 97 He wasnt
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