Farewell to Manzanar

Page 47

On page 47, Jeanne writes, "it helps me understand how papa's life could end at a place like manzanar. He didn't die there, but things finished for him there, whereas for me it was like a birthplace. The camp was where our life lines intersected." What began for Jeanne at manzanar? How did this help or hurt her understanding of her father's experience there?

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I would say that the isolated location of Manzanar gives Jeanne the emotional and physical space to understand her own identity. After the internment camps decimate her family, Jeanne finds a resurrection or re-birth at Manzanar.