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Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel Part VIII

This is the conclusion of the series of  Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel: A Nisei Immigrant Story Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII From Mr. Hori’s stories, I tried to imagine camp life in the middle of the Idaho desert.  Especially, this being the age of information,I wondered if being interned was …

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Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel Part VII

Continuation from the series of Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel: A Nisei Immigrant Story Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI In the fall of 1943, the Japanese internees at Puyallup, Washington were bused to the train tracks in Puyallup, and travelled by train to their permanent internment camp called Minidoka Relocation Camp in Hunt, …

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Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel Part VI

Continuation from the series of Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel: A Nisei Immigrant Story Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V The government began sending a notice to each family informing them to report with their belongings on a designated day at a specific location. Mr. Hori recalls waiting in line on 8th Avenue …

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Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel Part IV

Continuation from Part III.  click here for Part I and Part II. Sunday, December 7, 1941 the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor and the following day, President Roosevelt gave his famous Infamy Speech, declaring war against Japan. Although Seattle is a good distance away from Hawaii, life in Japantown started to change.  Announcements to the citizens …

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Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel Part III

Continuation from Part I and Part II: Running the apartment house on 6th and Colombia whilst attending Broadway HS was busy work for the young Takashi but because his parent’s limited English, he had to assist them with the business.  Upon graduating high school, he decided to attend the University of Washington to study accounting.  …

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Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel – Part II

Mr. Hori today in front of his home Part II Sanjiro and Toyo Hori had four children:  Toyome born in 1916, Takashi (1918), Fukashi (1921) and Aiko (1926).  Although, they lived in America, Takashi, as the first born son in a Japanese family, was responsible to carry on the family business. The meshiya that Sanjiro …

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Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel, a Nisei Story

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a historical fiction novel about a little love story between a Chinese boy and Japanese girl during the 1940’s Japanese internment of WWII based  in Seattle, Washington.  As you can imagine, it’s a popular choice for book clubs where I live because you can actually visit …

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