Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

'" They arrested more people last night. Japanese, all over the city. All over the Puget Sound. All over the state maybe,' the photographer told him. 'People are getting rid of anything that might connect them to the war with Japan. Letters from Nippon. Clothing. It must all go. Too Dangerous to keep. Even old photos. People are burning photos of thier parents, of thier families'" (Ford 74).

'" Baak gwai! Baak gwai!.' They shouted. Though some just pointed and laughed. It meant white devil, a term usually reserved for Caucasions, and then only if they really deserve the verbal abuse. A few kids took pity on him, though those being his former classmates and onetime friends. Kids he'd known since first grade, like Francis Lung and Harold Chew. They just called him Casper, after the friendly ghost" (Ford 13).


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Japanese Internment Camp

"Almost as scared as he was to tell his parents he was meeting Keiko. He'd hinted to his mother, in English no less, that he had a Japanese friend and she immediatley shot him the stink eye, a look of shock so profound that he immediatley dropped the subject. Most Chinese parents were indifferent to the Japanese... Some Chinese harbored ill feelings, buy simply kept to themselves. His parents were different, they checked his shirt for an 'I am Chinese' button every time he walked out the door. Father's nationalist pride, his banner of protection, just kept swelling" ( Ford 121).


"'It's so funny. They throw us in here because we are Japanese, but i'm nisei, second generation. I don't even speak Japanese. At school they tease me for being a foriegner. In here, some of the other kids, the issea, first generation, they tease me because i can't speak the language, because I'm not Japanese enough"' (Ford 191).

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"It goes without saying that when survival is threatened, struggles erupt between peoples, and unfortunate wars between nations result." - Hideki Tojo


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