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The book that I read is Farewell to Manzanar A true story of Japanese American experience during and after the World War II internment This is a story of Jeanne Wakatsuki her father Ko her mother Riku and her brothers and sisters from the experience of the internment at Manzanar camp where they stayed for 3 12 years On December 7 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor Ko Jeannes Father burned everything that he had brought from Hiroshima that suggested he had some connection with his country Japan where he attended military school until the age of seventeen Ko was a fisherman he was arrested because he was accused of delivering oil to Japanese submarines He looked like the enemy and was sent to Bismarck North Dakota and imprisoned at Fort Lincoln This was the beginning of a terrible and desperate time for Jeannes family Before the attack they lived in Ocean Park near Santa Monica In February the Navy decided to clear terminal Islands because it was dangerous having Orientals so close to the Long Beach Naval Station therefore they gave them Forty- eight hours to abandon the area The American Friend services helped them to move to Boyle Hights Public attitudes toward the Japanese in California changed anti Japanese American racism surfaced since the bombing of Pearl Harbor The government ordered them to move to the first permanent camp MANZANAR On March 25 1942 evacuees began to arrive over 10000 Japanese from Southern California were interned Jeanne was seven years old all twelve members of her family were taken to block 16 each block if 15 barracks which was divided into six units They were assigned two of these for her entire family In
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