Farewell to Manzanar


Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

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Nisei Term Analysis

children who are born in the United States to Japanese parents. They are legally American citizens, they speak English fluently, and they are more assimilated to Anglo-American culture than their parents. Jeanne and her siblings are Nisei.
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Nisei Term Timeline in Farewell to Manzanar

The timeline below shows where the term Nisei appears in Farewell to Manzanar. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11: Yes Yes No No
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The Loyalty Oath stems from the desire to incorporate Nisei men into the armed forces. Japanese civic groups have been pushing for this, in order... (full context)
Chapter 13: Outings, Explorations
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...who volunteer at the camp, she’s a Quaker. She’s having a covert affair with a Nisei boy, and in order to have time alone they take all the girls on camping... (full context)
Chapter 18: Ka-ke, Near Hiroshima: April 1946
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Woody has been afraid to visit his family; it’s hard enough to be a Nisei among the occupying troops, and he’s constantly afraid that the Japanese consider him a traitor.... (full context)