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Adios to tears : the memoirs of a Japanese-Peruvian internee in U.S. Concentration Camps
Higashide, Seiichi, 1909-
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Namida no adiosu. English
First University of Washington Press edition.
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Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2000.
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259 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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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 shopkeeper 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.

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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Table of Contents

C. Harvey GardinerElsa H. KudoJulie Small
Forewordp. vii
Preface to the Year 2000 Editionp. 3
Preface to the Original Editionp. 7
Chapter 1 The Fall of the Higashide Familyp. 9
Chapter 2 Pursuing a Dream of Success Overseasp. 27
Chapter 3 My New World, Perup. 44
Chapter 4 Moving Toward Financial Independencep. 68
Chapter 5 Approaching Storm Cloudsp. 88
Chapter 6 Fierce Winds of Oppressionp. 113
Chapter 7 The Pitiful "Japanese People's Army of Peru"p. 133
Chapter 8 The Ordeal of "Utopia"p. 155
Chapter 9 From a Barbed-wire "Town" to a Chain-link Townp. 176
Chapter 10 A Concrete Frontierp. 193
Chapter 11 Becoming Americanizedp. 213
Chapter 12 Hawaii--A Paradise of Sea and Sunp. 233
Afterwordp. 245
Bibliographyp. 247
Epiloguep. 249
Indexp. 254