Adios to Tears: The Memoirs of a Japanese-Peruvian Internee by Seiichi Higashide PDF

By Seiichi Higashide

ISBN-10: 0295979143

ISBN-13: 9780295979144

Adios to Tears is the very own tale of Seiichi Higashide (1909–97), whose existence in 3 international locations used to be formed through a strange and little-known episode within the heritage of global conflict II. Born in Hokkaido, Higashide emigrated to Peru in 1931. via the past due Nineteen Thirties he used to be a shopkeeper and group chief within the provincial city of Ica, yet following the outbreak of global warfare II, he―along with different Latin American Japanese―was seized through police and forcibly deported to the USA. He used to be interned at the back of barbed cord on the Immigration and Naturalization provider facility in Crystal urban, Texas, for greater than years.

After his unencumber, Higashide elected to stick within the U.S. and finally turned a citizen. For years, he was once a pacesetter within the attempt to procure redress from the yankee executive for the violation of the human rights of the Peruvian jap internees.

Higashide’s relocating memoir used to be translated from jap into English and Spanish throughout the efforts of his 8 childrens, and was once first released in 1993. This moment variation encompasses a new Foreword by way of C. Harvey Gardiner, professor emeritus of background at Southern Illinois college and writer of Pawns in a Triangle of Hate: The Peruvian eastern and the United States; a brand new Epilogue via Julie Small, cochair of crusade for Justice–Redress Now for eastern Latin american citizens; and a brand new Preface by way of Elsa H. Kudo, eldest daughter of Seiichi Higashide.

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A fellow worker who had been up on an electric pole accidentally dropped a spanner and. disastrously, it hit my brother on the head. The pure white snow became stained with blood and my brother lost consciousness. He was carried back to our house and when we saw him in that state the whole family was stunned. There were no doctors nearby, so we could only wait helplessly for some change in his condition. Mother, in particular, feared that he would not recover. Weeping, she held him desperately throughout the night.

They felt if she had her brother with her she would be better able to face her many responsibilities. Of course I had no objections to the plan. In all honesty, it was less out of concern for my sister and more for my own future that I jumped at the opportunity and immediately agreed to their proposal. Perhaps I'd be able to commute to night school, I thought. I immediately quit my job at the butter processing plant and accompanied my sister to Tokyo. When we reached Tokyo, I was taken to the site in Honjo that served as both my brother-in-Iaw's home and place of business.

Having no one to rely on, I began looking for a school in my own fumbling manner. By chance, about a 30-minute walk from my brother-in-law's home, I was lucky to find a large, impressive-looking school. " Even at night many students could be seen entering and leaving. "There must be night classes here," I thought, and immediately went in for information. I found they offered exactly what I was looking for-night courses in engineering. I quickly submitted an application and was soon called in for an interview.

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