In Farewell to Manzanar, a memoir based on the experience of one Japanese family held in an internment camp during World War II, the characters of Papa and Woody shed light on the intergenerational differences between Japanese immigrants and their children during this period. Both Papa and Woody exhibit patriarchal and paternal qualities, as Papa is the father and Woody is the third eldest son. Woody proves this when he steps in as the paternal figure following Papa's removal from Manzanar and internment at Fort Lincoln.
Still, despite the paternal responsibilities taken on by both Papa and Woody, there are key differences that set them apart. For one, despite Papa's upbringing in Japan as the eldest son in a samurai family, he displays a great deal of insecurity. Take, for example, his feelings on his and his family's internment:
For a man raised in Japan, there was no greater disgrace. And it was the humiliation. It brought him face to face with his own vulnerability, his own...
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