Adios to Tears: The Memoirs of a Japanese-Peruvian Internee by Seiichi Higashide

By Seiichi Higashide

Adios to Tears is the very own tale of Seiichi Higashide (1909–97), whose existence in 3 international locations was once formed by means of a extraordinary and little-known episode within the heritage of global battle II. Born in Hokkaido, Higashide emigrated to Peru in 1931. through the overdue Thirties he used to be a shopkeeper and group chief within the provincial city of Ica, yet following the outbreak of worldwide struggle II, he―along with different Latin American Japanese―was seized via police and forcibly deported to the U.S.. He used to be interned at the back of barbed cord on the Immigration and Naturalization provider facility in Crystal urban, Texas, for greater than years.

After his unlock, Higashide elected to stick within the U.S. and finally grew to become a citizen. For years, he was once a pacesetter within the attempt to acquire redress from the yank executive for the violation of the human rights of the Peruvian eastern internees.

Higashide’s relocating memoir used to be translated from eastern into English and Spanish during the efforts of his 8 little ones, and used to be first released in 1993. This moment version features a new Foreword via C. Harvey Gardiner, professor emeritus of historical past at Southern Illinois college and writer of Pawns in a Triangle of Hate: The Peruvian eastern and the United States; a brand new Epilogue via Julie Small, cochair of crusade for Justice–Redress Now for eastern Latin americans; and a brand new Preface via Elsa H. Kudo, eldest daughter of Seiichi Higashide.

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My duties ranged from simply sweeping up the storefront and arranging merchandise in the warehouse, to the exhausting work ofstacking up lumber and delivering it. In those days, the owners oflumberyards in Fukagawa were called taisho, or "general," and employees were addressed with the honorific "-don" added as a suffix to part of their personal names. My name is Seiichi so I was called "Sei-don" by everyone. My body had been tempered by hard labor in Hokkaido, so pulling handcarts stacked with heavy lumber all day long was not a great hardship.

I believed, however, that a person could only engage one's opportunities if one actively went out to meet them. I searched everywhere-in Tokyo and outlying areas I went from building to building to inquire at companies that had overseas offices, but found nothing. In the worst case I was physically thrown out. In the midst of the Depression, such opportunities seemed out of the question. Moreover, my background in architecture seemed completely useless in finding a position in the area of business and commerce.

The skimmed milk that remained after the cream was extracted was then returned to those who had brought the milk. That was used for family consumption, given to calves, or used to make cheese. My job usually ended in the morning and my afternoons were free. I did not dislike thejob, but I still was not satisfied. At about this time 1 began reading accounts of successful self-made men in Japan and America. The more I read such books, the more my desire for education was aroused and 1 could not stand the disappointment of remaining in the obscurity of the countryside.

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