Why did her father burn the flag and many other old documents
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Papa burned the flag and many old documents because he didn't want to be found with anything that would make it look like he still had a connection to Japan.
That night Papa burned the flag he had brought with him from Hiroshima thirty-five years earlier. It was such a beautiful piece of material, I couldn’t believe he was doing that. He burned a lot of papers too, documents, anything that might suggest he still had some connection with Japan.
Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki. Farewell to Manzanar (p. 6). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.