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By Seiichi Higashide

Adios to Tears is the very own tale of Seiichi Higashide (1909–97), whose existence in 3 nations used to be formed through a extraordinary and little-known episode within the historical past of global warfare II. Born in Hokkaido, Higashide emigrated to Peru in 1931. by way of the past due Thirties he was once a shopkeeper and group chief within the provincial city of Ica, yet following the outbreak of global conflict II, he―along with different Latin American Japanese―was seized through police and forcibly deported to the us. He was once 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 turned a citizen. For years, he used to be a pace-setter within the attempt to acquire redress from the yank executive for the violation of the human rights of the Peruvian jap internees.

Higashide’s relocating memoir used to be translated from eastern into English and Spanish in the course of the efforts of his 8 young children, and was once first released in 1993. This moment version contains a new Foreword by means of C. Harvey Gardiner, professor emeritus of heritage at Southern Illinois college 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 jap Latin american citizens; and a brand new Preface via Elsa H. Kudo, eldest daughter of Seiichi Higashide.

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The year I graduated my teacher made a special visit to our home in order to persuade Father to allow me to advance to higher education. But even at that, it was not to be. When I learned that several classmates who had poorer grades than I were planning to go on to higher school I felt bitter, resentful and filled with frustration. I grew distant and would spend days without saying a word. I was also just at the usual age of rebelliousness. Perhaps my parents felt sorry about my situation, for they never scolded me for such behavior.

The government of Peru had already prohibited free immigration and the Japanese government had stopped issuing passports to that country. Only family members and employees of Japanese companies in Peru were still allowed entry. But with absolutely no ties to Peru, I did not meet either condition. I searched everywhere to find a loophole, but gaining a passport seemed impossible. Again, it was Professor Umehara who made the impossible become possible. The professor made many trips to the Bureau of Public Safety, but to no avail.

I was not particularly upset about that. 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.

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