By Seiichi Higashide
Adios to Tears is the very own tale of Seiichi Higashide (1909–97), whose existence in 3 international locations used to be formed via a weird and wonderful and little-known episode within the background of worldwide struggle II. Born in Hokkaido, Higashide emigrated to Peru in 1931. through the overdue Thirties he used to be a shopkeeper and group chief within the provincial city of Ica, yet following the outbreak of global warfare II, he―along with different Latin American Japanese―was seized through police and forcibly deported to the U.S.. He used to be interned at the back of barbed cord on the Immigration and Naturalization carrier facility in Crystal urban, Texas, for greater than years.
After his liberate, Higashide elected to stick within the U.S. and finally turned a citizen. For years, he was once a pacesetter within the attempt to acquire redress from the yank govt for the violation of the human rights of the Peruvian eastern internees.
Higashide’s relocating memoir was once translated from jap into English and Spanish in the course of the efforts of his 8 childrens, and used to be first released in 1993. This moment variation encompasses a new Foreword through C. Harvey Gardiner, professor emeritus of heritage at Southern Illinois collage and writer of Pawns in a Triangle of Hate: The Peruvian eastern and the United States; a brand new Epilogue via Julie Small, cochair of crusade for Justice–Redress Now for jap Latin american citizens; and a brand new Preface by means of Elsa H. Kudo, eldest daughter of Seiichi Higashide.
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At that time anyone could readily get a job working for the Southern Manchuria Railroad Company. Actually, several of my classmates had been hired and had left Japan. For some reason, however, I did not feel like going to China. While China was a foreign country, it somehow seemed to me to be an extension of Japan and I could not work up any enthusiasm about going there. " A Faint Ray of Hope With no one to consult, I continued on alone in my fruitless search. One day it occurred to me that I should raise my sights higher and discuss my hopes with my school's dean of academic affairs.
The school, however, still found it possible to rank me sixth in my class. HIGASHIDE-41 I entered the language school's intensive course in Spanish and attended classes in grammar and reading. To my disappointment, however, it offered no classes in Spanish conversation, the course which I considered to be the most important. There were about 15 students in my classes. Among them were four or five who had confirmed plans for going abroad. Two of us were destined for Peru-Yoshiko Shioya and myself.
My job usually ended in the morning and my afternoons were free. I did not dislike thejob, but I still was not satisfied. At about this time 1 began reading accounts of successful self-made men in Japan and America. The more I read such books, the more my desire for education was aroused and 1 could not stand the disappointment of remaining in the obscurity of the countryside. Like the characters in those "Horatio Alger" stories, I wanted to pursue my studies no matter what hardships I faced. But that dream seemed impossible to fulfill.
Adios to Tears: The Memoirs of a Japanese-Peruvian Internee in U.S. Concentration Camps by Seiichi Higashide