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George Ko Wakatsuki Quotes

Seven of the best book quotes from George Ko Wakatsuki
  1. #1
    “I couldn’t understand why he was home all day, when Mama had to go out working. I was ashamed of him for that and, in a deeper way, for being what had led to our imprisonment, that is, for being so unalterably Japanese.”
  2. #2
    “About all he had left at this point was his tremendous dignity . . . Ten children and a lot of hard luck had worn him down, had worn away most of the arrogance he came to this country with. But he still had dignity, and he would not let those deputies push him out the door. He led them.”
  3. #3
    “Papa’s life ended at Manzanar . . . Until this trip I had not been able to admit that my own life really began there.”
  4. #4
    “He had held onto his self-respect, he dreamed grand dreams, and he could work well at any task he turned his hand to.”
  5. #5
    “They cannot deprive us of our homes and our fishing boats and our automobiles and lock us up for three years and then just turn us loose into the cities again. They have to help us get a new start.”
  6. #6
    “As his youngest child I had grown up blessed with special attentions. Now, more and more I found myself cut off from him. When I needed reassurance I would get it from Woody or Chizu, or from Mama, who had more of herself to give by this time.”
  7. #7
    “I have been living in this country nine years longer than you have. Do you realize that? Yet I am prevented by law from becoming a citizen. I am prevented by law from owning land. I am now separated from my family without cause.”

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