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The novel Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson gives some examples on how past events can effect a community In 1954 on an island near Seattle this novel describes the trail of a Japanese American fisherman accused of murdering a white colleague The only one who can prove that the Japanese man Kabou Miyanut is innocent is his wifes childhood love is still in love with her The novel explores how this conflict interferes This book takes place after World War II in a small town filled with middle class hard working people The people for the most past are fishermen or family farmers strawberry farms owned by a family were common The people who lived in San Piedro were mixed racially though For the most part the people were white many of whom were of Bavarian decent and the other were common The people who lived in San Piedro were mixed racially though For the most part the people were white many whom were of Bavarian decent and other were of Japanese decent The Japanese in the town were looked down upon and were not considered citizens They were also not permitted to own land As World War II progressed and the United States was in war with Japan and when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor the Japanese people of San Piedro were scorned Many of the Japanese were thought to be spies and were deported to a camp in Seattle Washington were they could be watched to make sure no espionage could take place After World War II and the Japanese were allowed to return to their homes they were still scored and looked upon for being Japanese The past events are effecting a trial of an innocent man accused of murder They can not appreciate the good things that the
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