Farewell to Manzanar

What loss is Jeanne referring to in the following passage from this chapter? “I was proud of Kiyo and afraid for what would happen to him; but deeper than that, I felt the miserable sense of loss that comes when the center has collapsed and everything see


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Kiyo had just hit Papa in the face for threatening mother. Although relieved that Papa backs down, Jeanne fears for what might happen to Kiyo. Jeanne also laments the loss of family stability, respect, and love. It is as if their family is imploding under the stress of internment.