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

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University of Washington Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 259 pages
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Adios to Tears is the very personal story of Seiichi Higashide (1909-97), whose life in three countries was shaped by a bizarre and little-known episode in the history of World War II. Born in Hokkaido, Higashide emigrated to Peru in 1931. By the late 1930s he was a shop keeper and community leader in the provincial town of Ica, but following the outbreak of World War II, he -- along with other Latin American Japanese -- was seized by police and forcibly deported to the United States. He was interned behind barbed wire at the Immigration and Naturalization Service facility in Crystal City, Texas, for more than two years.

After his release, Higashide elected to stay in the U.S. and eventually became a citizen. For years, he was a leader in the effort to obtain redress from the American government for the violation of the human rights of the Peruvian Japanese internees. In 1981 he testified before the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians.

Higashide's moving memoir was translated from Japanese into English and Spanish through the efforts of his eight children, and was first published in 1993. This second edition includes a new Foreword by C. Harvey Gardiner, professor emeritus of history at Southern Illinois University and author of Pawns in a Triangle of Hate: The Peruvian Japanese and the United States; a new Epilogue by Julie Small, cochair of Campaign for Justice-Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans; and a new Preface by Elsa H. Kudo, eldest daughter of Seiichi Higashide.


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Really an amazing story about coming through adversity, facing life head on, and not hesitating. Seiichi had a difficult life but seems to have moved through gracefully, employing honesty and hardwork to back himself until he reached an age where he could write his memoirs and share them with his family. 

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Written by a friend of a friend - it's just like the title says, a memoir of a Japanese-Peruvian. It describes what life was like being an immigrant in Peru, and the early days of what in retrospect ... Read full review


The Fall of the Higashide Family
Pursuing a Dream of Success Overseas
My New World Peru
Moving Toward Financial Independence
Approaching Storm Clouds
Fierce Winds of Oppression
The Pitiful Japanese Peoples Army of Peru
The Ordeal of Utopia
A Concrete Frontier
Becoming Americanized
HawaiiA Paradise of Sea and Sun

From a Barbedwire Town to a Chainlink Town

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Gary Atkins is associate professor of communication at Seattle University.

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