Farewell to Manzanar


Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

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Issei Term Analysis

First-generation Japanese-Americans, who immigrated to the United States from Japan. Generally, they are less acclimated to Anglo-American culture than their children and place a high importance on preserving their Japanese heritage. Papa is an issei, and while Mama was born in America, she possesses many of characteristics of the issei generation.
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Issei Term Timeline in Farewell to Manzanar

The timeline below shows where the term Issei appears in Farewell to Manzanar. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: A Common Master Plan
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...the willingness to subordinate oneself to the community are two typical Japanese traits, which the issei, or first-generation immigrants, have inherited from their parents and transmit to their children. It’s these... (full context)
Chapter 12: Manzanar, U.S.A.
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...distance. Mount Whitney is visible from the camp, and it reminds Papa and the other Issei of Fujiyama, a mountain in Japan. For the Issei, natural phenomena like mountains are reminders... (full context)
Chapter 22: Ten Thousand Voices
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...rock arrangements are still intact. Papa once told Jeanne that even in Fort Lincoln the Issei men gathered stones and sorted stones that are beautiful. Jeanne says that this impulse is... (full context)