The And Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet By Jamie For By James D. Houston
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Summer Reading Essay
Nineteen forty one. The year thousands of Japanese and Americans remember. The year that the United States had finally declared war on the Empire of Japan after Pearl Harbor attacks. Thousands of Japanese-Americans put inside austere camps, hoping one day the war can end and their freedom begin. In the two works, Farewell to Manzanar by James D. Houston and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie For, each portrays the struggles throughout the certain time period. Farewell to Manzanar presents the topic by using a series of dated journal entries, while Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet presents it as a topic and time period, with flashbacks to present day and the past. While both works depict the…show more content… Food shortages were common in the camps. Many people went days without eating and black markets were set up everywhere during these times, inexpensively sold. The amount these camps has un-humanized some people is a tragic tale but the whole war beginning to end is another.
Every single second that led up to these extreme measures for Japanese-Americans and how it subsided will never be forgotten by thousands of sufferers. The author states, “They got him two weeks later... we staying overnight on Terminal Island. Five hundred Japanese families lived there then, and FBI deputies had been questioning everyone, ransacking houses for anything that could conceivably be used for signaling planes or ships or that indicated loyalty to the Emperor” (Houston 13). The problems had just begun; The first wave of Japanese immigrants eked out their piece of the American Dream by working as laborers on farms, mines, factories, and fishing boats. They worked hard and saved money to buy land and houses, now all soon to be gone. Another example in the text, “Days dragged on. Each night colder than the next. Mama would quickly subordinate her own desires to those of the family or the community, because she knew cooperation was the only way to survive. Almost everyone at Manzanar had inherited this pair of traits from the generations before them who had learned to live in a small, crowded country like Japan” (Houston 56). These