Farewell to Manzanar

by

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

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a Japanese insult, usually applied to people suspected of collaborating with the U.S. military during internment.
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Inu Term Timeline in Farewell to Manzanar

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Chapter 8: Inu
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...in the barracks. Jeanne and Mama hear some women in the latrine calling Papa an “inu”—a Japanese insult that means “dog.” (full context)
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Racism and Prejudice Theme Icon
Years later, Jeanne learns that inu was used specifically to refer to collaborators, anyone suspected of helping the government carry out... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Reservoir Shack: An Aside
Belonging in America Theme Icon
...riot they are given pickaxes to defend themselves in case rioters accuse them of being inus and attack. They drive out to the chlorine shed and then settle into the small... (full context)
Chapter 11: Yes Yes No No
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...Papa decides to attend, even though he knows people will gossip about him as an “inu.” However, he wants to prevent people from bullying the whole block into signing “No No.”... (full context)
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...finds out, when Papa speaks during the meeting people begin murmuring and calling him an “inu.” The man Papa is now fighting is the one who made the accusation aloud. Jeanne... (full context)