Farewell to Manzanar


Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

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Radine Character Analysis

Jeanne’s first friend when she returns to middle school after internment, a Caucasian girl from Texas. Despite Radine’s lack of cultural sensitivity (she’s initially surprised to see that Jeanne can speak English), the two girls become close because they are both from poor, uneducated families and feel out of place in their affluent school. While Jeanne is a better and more involved student than Radine, she sees that her friend is generally popular and allowed to join clubs like the Girl Scouts, while she is barred from these activities due to her race. As they progress through high school, the gap between what Radine can do and what Jeanne can widens and causes them to drift apart. Their friendship comes to represent the unacknowledged prejudice that dominates Jeanne’s life and education after internment.

Radine Quotes in Farewell to Manzanar

The Farewell to Manzanar quotes below are all either spoken by Radine or refer to Radine. 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:
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). 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 20 Quotes

I smiled and sat down, suddenly aware of what being of Japanese ancestry was going to be like. I wouldn’t be faced with physical attack, or with overt shows of hatred. Rather, I would be seen as someone foreign, or as someone other than American, or perhaps not be seen at all.

Related Characters: Jeanne (speaker), Radine
Page Number: 142
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Radine Character Timeline in Farewell to Manzanar

The timeline below shows where the character Radine appears in Farewell to Manzanar. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 20: A Double Impulse
Racism and Prejudice Theme Icon
...By now, she’s become friends with the girl who was surprised to hear her speak English—Radine also lives in Cabrillo Homes, and they often walk to school together. When Jeanne asks... (full context)
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Jeanne doesn’t truly blame Radine—she’s used to people’s parents being suspicious of her. As if in compensation, Radine becomes extremely... (full context)
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Jeanne teaches Radine to baton twirl, which bring the two girls even closer together. Practicing every day, they... (full context)
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Racism and Prejudice Theme Icon
...the other hand, the boys and fathers in the Boy Scout troop like to have Radine and Jeanne, who are both maturing early, at all their events. Jeanne is too young... (full context)
Chapter  21: The Girl of My Dreams
Racism and Prejudice Theme Icon
...she can trace her path over the next few years by her shifting relationship with Radine. They start off much the same: Radine’s family is even poorer than Jeanne’s and they... (full context)
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Racism and Prejudice Theme Icon
However, when the girls move to a majority white high school, everything changes. Radine is asked to join high school sororities, while Jeanne is excluded. Boys flirt with Jeanne... (full context)
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Internment and Family Life Theme Icon
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Jeanne isn’t discouraged by discriminatory treatment but rather by witnessing the social acceptance Radine achieves so effortlessly. They have shared everything, but Jeanne’s inability to fit in now drives... (full context)
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Jeanne doesn’t want to change herself or her heritage. She just craves the acceptance that Radine enjoys. Starting in high school and throughout her life, Jeanne has a recurring dream in... (full context)