What are the challenges that the Japanese had to overcome while living in the camp in "Farewell to Manzanar"? Chapters 6-10

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Chapters 6 through 10 in "Farewell to Manzanar" focus mainly on the effect of the experience of the patriarch of the Wakatsuki family.  Raised in the samurai tradition in Japan, Ko Wakatsuki could be "a poser, a braggart, and a tyrant" at times, but he had done well by his family in America, making a living by fishing out of Santa Monica, California.  The internment ended all that for him, essentially making him a prisoner of war in his adopted country (Chapter 6).

Because he owned two fishing boats, Ko Wakatsuki was suspected of "delivering oil to Japanese submarines off the coast of California".  When asked by interrogators from the United States, the country that denies him citizenship because of his race and then imprisons him and his family without cause, if he feels any loyalty towards Japan, Wakatsuki can only answer, "When your mother and your father are having a fight, do you want them to kill each other...or do you just want them to stop fighting?" (Chapter 7).

Humiliated by the charge of disloyalty and his inability to do anything for his family, Ko Wakatsuki isolates himself in his barracks, drinking the alcohol he makes in a homemade still.  In his frequent drunken rages, he abuses his wife, and because there is no privacy, the children witness everything; there is nowhere to run.  The Wakatsukis' situation is repeated in many other families, and the consequent bitterness and rage engendered results in camp-wide violence and the breakdown of traditional parent-child relations (Chapters 8-9).

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Farewell To Manzanar

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