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What I’m Reading: Farewell to Manzanar – 36 in a series – “Why don’t all you dirty Japs go back to Japan!”

September 5th, 2019

“When I think of how that secret lived in all our lives, I remember the way Kiyo and I responded to a little incident soon after we got out of camp. We were sitting on a bus-stop bench in Long Beach, when an old, embittered woman stopped and said, “Why don’t all you dirty Japs go back to Japan!” She spit at us and passed on. We said nothing at the time. After she stalked off down the sidewalk we did not look at each other. We sat there for maybe fifteen minutes with downcast eyes and finally got up and walked home.”

From Farwell to Manzanar by by Jeanne Wakatsuki Housto and James D. Houston

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