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By Shizuye Takashima

When Shizuye Takashima, "Shichan" as she was once referred to as, was once 11 years previous, her complete international replaced perpetually. As a Japanese-Canadian in 1941, she was once between millions of individuals pressured from their houses and despatched to reside in internment camps within the Canadian Rockies. even if none have been convicted of any crime, they have been thought of the enemy as the kingdom was once at warfare with Japan. during this precise tale of disappointment and pleasure, Shichan remembers her existence within the days top as much as her family's pressured circulation to the camp, her worry, anger, and frustration because the battle drags on, and the superb joys within the camp: a Kabuki play, vacation celebrations, and the ubiquitous fantastic thing about the stars.

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We have a new teacher. Miss Mizuno was transferred to teach another class. Our class was too noisy and unmanageable, we were told by our principal. So Miss Hamma stands before us. She looks stern. The boys behave almost at once. It was as if she carried an invisible stick. I, too, become more interested in school. ” Coleridge’s poem touches my imagination. I look out the window. The sky is blue, pale, yet so lovely. I can hear the birds too. It is really spring. ” Kazuo looks funny. He bends his dark head, looks so serious.

She bends, moves the bundles at our feet: food, clothes for the journey. I am excited. This is my first train ride! Yuki smiles, she too feels the excitement of our journey. Several children cry, weary of waiting. Their mothers’ voices are heard, scolding. Now the orange sun is far above our heads. I hear the twelve o’clock whistle blow from a nearby factory. Yuki asks me if I am tired. ” We haven’t eaten since six in the morning. Names are being called over the loudspeaker. One by one, families gather their belongings and move towards the train.

This leads to the tiny village of New Denver where our bus from the train stopped. We look around. There are no cars to be seen, even though the road is paved. We see for the first time the office of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, half hidden among the dark pines. P. Office” all in red. They seem to grow larger before my eyes. ” I look at the closed door. Their power seems to come through the very walls. We walk quietly past. We see a Japanese man, much like our father, walking along the highway: he is walking towards us.

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