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By Seiichi Higashide

Adios to Tears is the very own tale of Seiichi Higashide (1909–97), whose lifestyles in 3 nations used to be formed through a weird and wonderful and little-known episode within the heritage of global struggle II. Born in Hokkaido, Higashide emigrated to Peru in 1931. via the overdue Thirties he used to be a shopkeeper and group chief within the provincial city of Ica, yet following the outbreak of worldwide battle 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 twine on the Immigration and Naturalization carrier facility in Crystal urban, Texas, for greater than years.

After his unencumber, Higashide elected to stick within the U.S. and finally grew to become a citizen. For years, he was once a pace-setter within the attempt to procure redress from the yank govt for the violation of the human rights of the Peruvian eastern internees.

Higashide’s relocating memoir was once translated from eastern into English and Spanish during the efforts of his 8 teenagers, and was once first released in 1993. This moment version incorporates a new Foreword through C. Harvey Gardiner, professor emeritus of heritage at Southern Illinois collage and writer of Pawns in a Triangle of Hate: The Peruvian eastern and the United States; a brand new Epilogue by means of Julie Small, cochair of crusade for Justice–Redress Now for jap Latin americans; and a brand new Preface by means of Elsa H. Kudo, eldest daughter of Seiichi Higashide.

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There were about 15 students in my classes. Among them were four or five who had confirmed plans for going abroad. Two of us were destined for Peru-Yoshiko Shioya and myself. Miss Shioya was about my age and planned to depart in March of that year to live with her uncle in Lima, from whom she had received quite detailed information about Peru. We happened to ride part of the way home from school via the same streetcar, so every evening I was able to hear a number of accounts about conditions in Peru from her.

A school official said I should attend classes for a while, and if I found them too easy I could be advanced to the third year level. "What an accommodating school," I thought. The dream I had held for so many years was becoming a reality and I thought my heart would burst with hope and aspiration. Going to school at night was not a hardship; I studied earnestly everyday. Slowly, by increments, I came to know more about the school's circumstances, however. and with that my excitement quickly cooled.

More than 10 years later, when I left Hokkaido and got off the train at Ueno Station in Tokyo, the first thing that caught my eyes was a huge sign recruiting workers for Hokkaido. It was an advertise~ ment that indeed would have made young men in search of jobs immediately leap at the opportunity. It seemed so attractive that, had I been in such a situation, even I would probably have gone to Hokkaido or any other destination. I thought about the construction site and the two Korean laborers who had escaped and come to our home.

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