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By Seiichi Higashide

Adios to Tears is the very own tale of Seiichi Higashide (1909–97), whose lifestyles in 3 nations used to be formed by means of a weird and wonderful and little-known episode within the background of worldwide warfare II. Born in Hokkaido, Higashide emigrated to Peru in 1931. by means of the past due Nineteen Thirties he used to be a shopkeeper and neighborhood chief within the provincial city of Ica, yet following the outbreak of global warfare II, he―along with different Latin American Japanese―was seized by way of police and forcibly deported to the U.S.. He was once interned in the back of barbed cord on the Immigration and Naturalization carrier facility in Crystal urban, Texas, for greater than years.

After his free up, Higashide elected to stick within the U.S. and at last turned a citizen. For years, he was once a pace-setter within the attempt to acquire redress from the yank govt for the violation of the human rights of the Peruvian jap internees.

Higashide’s relocating memoir used to be translated from eastern into English and Spanish during the efforts of his 8 childrens, and used to be first released in 1993. This moment version contains a new Foreword by means of C. Harvey Gardiner, professor emeritus of background at Southern Illinois college and writer of Pawns in a Triangle of Hate: The Peruvian jap and the United States; a brand new Epilogue through Julie Small, cochair of crusade for Justice–Redress Now for eastern Latin american citizens; and a brand new Preface via Elsa H. Kudo, eldest daughter of Seiichi Higashide.

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Adios to Tears: The Memoirs of a Japanese-Peruvian Internee in U.S. Concentration Camps

Adios to Tears is the very own tale of Seiichi Higashide (1909–97), whose existence in 3 nations was once formed via a extraordinary and little-known episode within the historical past of global struggle II. Born in Hokkaido, Higashide emigrated to Peru in 1931. through the overdue Nineteen Thirties he used to be a shopkeeper and neighborhood chief within the provincial city of Ica, yet following the outbreak of global conflict II, he―along with different Latin American Japanese―was seized by means of police and forcibly deported to the us.

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Perhaps that was to be expected. Raised in a remote country area ofHokkaido, she had gone to Tokyo, where even more sophisticated people can become bewildered. To make matters worse, she had entered a complex household, which included her husband's father and younger sister. Her husband, Sotojiro Sakaguchi, owned a lumber supply business in the Honjo district of Tokyo, so she also had to oversee the needs of their live-in employees and receive customers as well. My sister's emotional burdens were worsened because she did not have a close friend or relative with whom she could share her feelings, and she felt she could not reveal her problems to her husband, who was always extremely busy.

A large group of laborers dug the earth with shovels and pickaxes, filled large straw baskets called mokko, and carried them up an embankment more than 30 feet high. Even in the bitterest cold ofwinter, with snow falling, the laborers were naked from the waist up. I thought that very strange and asked Father about it. He explained that the laborers were not allowed to wear clothes so they would work as hard as they could in order to survive the cold. I was stunned to hear of such heartless practices.

Not long after that, on a summer's day, two laborers escaped from the nearby construction site and suddenly appeared at our home seeking help. With their palms placed together in prayerful request, they pleaded for help. Since their Japanese was poor, they were probably Koreans. Father silently took them over to the stable and hid them in the loft which had been fIlled with hay and dried rice straw. Alert for any changes, I went outside and, after making sure that there were no pursuers, took some rice balls over to them.

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