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By Seiichi Higashide

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

After his liberate, Higashide elected to stick within the U.S. and at last turned a citizen. For years, he was once a pace-setter within the attempt to acquire redress from the yankee 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 throughout the efforts of his 8 youngsters, and was once first released in 1993. This moment variation contains a new Foreword through C. Harvey Gardiner, professor emeritus of background at Southern Illinois collage and writer of Pawns in a Triangle of Hate: The Peruvian jap and the United States; a brand new Epilogue through Julie Small, cochair of crusade for Justice–Redress Now for eastern Latin americans; and a brand new Preface by means of Elsa H. Kudo, eldest daughter of Seiichi Higashide.

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Spanish Lessons at the Ninth Hour It was toward the end of 1929 that I received my passport. I had been making detailed preparations for leaving after graduation from Hozen Technical School in March of the following year. As the date of departure gradually approached, however, I became acutely concerned with the problem oflanguage. Although I had decided on Peru as my destination for some time, my work, commuting to night school, and being pressed with preparations for departure had left me no time to study Spanish.

But, more than anything, I felt an inexpressible HIGASHIDE-17 resentment toward the owner ofthat huge farming operation who had insisted on strictly enforcing the collection of his annual in-kind rental obligation. How in the world did those farm owners come to control almost all of the best lands of the village? With a child's questionings, I thought it extremely suspicious and could not accept the situation. We were at the lowest economic strata ourselves, so my feelings for those pathetic tenant farmers were aroused and I burned with resentment toward the great landowners who dwelled in houses that were like castles and lived as if they were great lords.

Fortunately, my grades were good and school officials came to trust my work. Because I made no mistakes in the first few jobs I took, after a while all the jobs brought to the school were given to me. The result was that I had more than enough work. At times, I had to rush 34-HIGASHIDE about frantically to keep up with everything. But we were in the midst ofthe Great Depression, and fees remained low. My life did not get any easier. In those days, fees for such jobs were usually paid at the end of the month or several weeks after the work was done.

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