Farewell to Manzanar

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Farewell to Manzanar is a memoir published in 1973 by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. It was adapted in the form of a television movie in 1976 starring Yuki Shimoda, Nobu McCarthy, Pat Morita, and Mako.

The book describes the experiences of Jeanne Wakatsuki and her family before, during, and following imprisonment at the Manzanar concentration camp, which was due to the United States government's internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.


Jeanne Wakatsuki, the book's narrator, is a Nisei (the child of a Japanese immigrant). At the age of seven, Wakatsuki — a native-born American citizen — and her family were living on Terminal Island, near San Pedro, California. Her father, a fisherman who owned two boats, was arrested by the FBI following the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.

Soon after, she and the rest of her family were imprisoned at Manzanar, an American internment camp, where 11,070 Americans of Japanese ancestry and their immigrant parents (who were prevented from becoming American citizens by law) were confined during the Japanese American Internment of World War II. The book describes the Wakatsuki's family's experiences during their imprisonment, as well as events concerning her family both...
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