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p17 5. Farewell To Manzanar Memoir by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston

p17 5. What traits help the prisoners survive the hardships of the camp?

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cooperation and respect for privacy

"Mama would quickly subordinate her own desires to those of the family or the community, because she knew cooperation was the only way to survive. At the same time she placed a high premium on personal privacy, respected it in others and insisted upon it for herself. … Almost everyone at Manzanar had inherited this pair of traits from the generations before them who had learned to live in a small, crowded country like Japan."


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