Farewell to Manzanar


Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

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Kiyo Character Analysis

Jeanne’s older brother, the closest sibling to her in age. Kiyo’s internment experience is most similar to Jeanne’s, and they share many experiences, such as attending the same hostile schools after internment. However, because they both feel subliminally ashamed of the racism they suffer, they don’t discuss their shared experiences for many years.

Kiyo Quotes in Farewell to Manzanar

The Farewell to Manzanar quotes below are all either spoken by Kiyo or refer to Kiyo. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Belonging in America Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Houghton Mifflin edition of Farewell to Manzanar published in 1973.
Chapter 8 Quotes

There had always been doors to keep some moments private. Here there were no doors. Nothing was private. And tonight [Papa] was far too serious—he seemed to have reached some final limit.

Related Characters: Jeanne (speaker), Mama, Papa, Kiyo
Page Number: 63
Explanation and Analysis:

I was proud of Kiyo and afraid for what would happen to him; but deeper than that, I felt the miserable sense of loss that comes when the center has collapsed and everything seems to be flying apart around you.

Related Characters: Jeanne (speaker), Mama, Papa, Kiyo
Page Number: 64
Explanation and Analysis:
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Kiyo Character Timeline in Farewell to Manzanar

The timeline below shows where the character Kiyo appears in Farewell to Manzanar. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Shikata Ga Nai
Racism and Prejudice Theme Icon
...other kids in her class despise her. Every day after school she and her brother Kiyo run all the way home, afraid of being attacked. (full context)
Racism and Prejudice Theme Icon
Mama and Woody go to work packing celery, while Jeanne and her siblings Kiyo and May go to school. Jeanne is confused and hurt that her teacher “would have... (full context)
Chapter 3: A Different Kind of Sand
Internment and Family Life Theme Icon
...are coated with dust that has floated inside. Even their eyebrows are gray. Jeanne and Kiyo find this funny, but Mama is scanning the surroundings with a mask-like face. (full context)
Internment and Family Life Theme Icon
Growing Up Theme Icon
...the oldest son, Woody is now the leader of the family. He orders Ray and Kiyo to cover up all the holes in the floor and walls with tin can lids.... (full context)
Chapter 5: Almost a Family
Internment and Family Life Theme Icon
Although they have to stay near Mama, Jeanne and Kiyo eat with groups of other kids; they enjoy the independence. After a few years, sociologists... (full context)
Chapter 8: Inu
Internment and Family Life Theme Icon
Suddenly Kiyo, who has been hiding in his own bunk, jumps onto the floor in his underwear... (full context)
Internment and Family Life Theme Icon
Kiyo spends a few weeks living with one of their married sisters; when he returns home... (full context)
Chapter 12: Manzanar, U.S.A.
Growing Up Theme Icon
...until the army drafts him; in the meantime, he works at the general store. Enterprising Kiyo uncovers arrowheads in the sand and sells them to old men. Ray plays in the... (full context)
Chapter 22: Ten Thousand Voices
Internment and Family Life Theme Icon
Shame and Pride  Theme Icon
Racism and Prejudice Theme Icon
Jeanne compares the family’s inability to discuss internment to an episode she and Kiyo underwent. Waiting for the bus shortly after their release form Manzanar, they pass an old... (full context)