Stages of Life in Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford’s novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet follows the life of Henry Lee at two diverse stages of his life. The book focuses on Henry’s life in 1942 when he was twelve-years-old and in 1986 when he is an old widowed father. The book begins with old Henry walking passed the Panama Hotel, which was in the 1940s a gateway between Seattle’s Chinatown and Japantown. The hotel has long been deserted, and boarded up since War World 2 and is under a new owner, who in the basement of the hotel discovers long forgotten belongings of several Japanese-American families. As Henry is walking passed the hotel he notices a crowd of people in front of the hotel. The crowd gathered as the owner pulls items from the forgotten effects. Henry stood wondering if his broken heart would be in the items. A Japanese parasol sends Henry wondering about his long lost love Keiko a Japanese girl who he befriended when he was twelve-years-old. During WW2 Keiko, her family, and several Japanese-American families were forced into internment camps because America feared that they were enemies of the country, several months after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The following essay, will examine historical context of the book, policy issues, how the policy influences the main characters of the book, the books main themes and how they fit within social work practice and social welfare policy. On December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor is attacked by Japan. It was

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