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By Seiichi Higashide

ISBN-10: 0295979143

ISBN-13: 9780295979144

Adios to Tears is the very own tale of Seiichi Higashide (1909–97), whose existence in 3 nations used to be formed through a strange and little-known episode within the historical past of global battle II. Born in Hokkaido, Higashide emigrated to Peru in 1931. via the past due Thirties he was once a shopkeeper and neighborhood chief within the provincial city of Ica, yet following the outbreak of global battle II, he―along with different Latin American Japanese―was seized through police and forcibly deported to the USA. 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 unencumber, Higashide elected to stick within the U.S. and at last turned a citizen. For years, he used to be a pacesetter 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 was once translated from jap into English and Spanish during the efforts of his 8 young children, and used to be first released in 1993. This moment version features 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 via Julie Small, cochair of crusade for Justice–Redress Now for eastern Latin americans; and a brand new Preface through Elsa H. Kudo, eldest daughter of Seiichi Higashide.

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Rather, when I considered my timid sister's situation, her position seemed to be so pitiful that I too shrank with concern. The demands of heavy physical labor during the day, combined with my studies at night, resulted in insufficient sleep. Furthermore, because my meals were taken irregularly, I was often weak with exhaustion and fell into ill health. Once during drafting class I collapsed with anemia and had to be carried to the infirmary. That grew into a frequent occurrence. Never had I ever forced my body more than during this period, and it is a miracle that I did not come' down with a major illness.

That had given me absolute confidence in my physical strength and stamina. From childhood my body had been tempered again and again in the bitter cold ofHokkaido. I did not even mGASHIDE-35 dream that I could be felled by some careless act. With that kind of physical strength, I thought, a man should be able to make a living overseas or anywhere else. A poem written by the Buddhist priest Gasho remained etched in my mind: "To bury one's bones must one look only to a cemetery? " In reality, however, my dreams were not so easily fulfilled.

It was my job to carry the lumber from the boats to a site about 100 feet away, where they were stacked high. The work went far beyond the demands of normal heavy labor. I was confident about my physical strength, but the work was even more than I could take. Unloading raw lumber, filled with moisture, 32-mGASHIDE was such tough work that even my bones flared with pain. Soon after I started to work there I injured my chest. According to the doctor I consulted, I had contracted pleurisy. I was ordered to rest, so, for a while, I refrained from work and continued to see the doctor.

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