By Louis Fiset
Please do not cry, wrote Iwao Matsushita to his spouse Hanaye, telling her he used to be to be interned at some point of the struggle. He used to be imprisoned in fortress Missoula, Montana, and he or she was once incarcerated on the Minidoka Relocation middle in southwestern Idaho. Their separation may proceed for greater than years.Imprisoned aside is the poignant tale of a tender instructor and his bride who got here to Seattle from Japan in 1919 in order that he may perhaps research English language and literature, and who stayed to make a house. at the evening of December 7, 1941, the FBI knocked on the Matsushitas' door and took Iwao away, first to reformatory on the Seattle Immigration Station after which, via precise educate, home windows sealed and guards on the doorways, to Montana. He used to be thought of an enemy alien, "potentially harmful to the general public safety", as a result of his eastern start associations.The tale of Iwao Matsushita's selection to transparent his identify and be reunited together with his spouse, and of Hanaye Matsushita's transforming into confusion and depression, unfolds of their correspondence, provided the following in complete. Their playing cards and letters, so much written in jap, a few in English while censors insisted, offer us with the 1st examine lifestyles inside of castle Missoula, one of many Justice Department's wartime camps for enemy aliens7 simply because Iwao was once fluent in either English and jap, his communications are regularly articulate, even lyrical, if restricted. Hanaye communicated in brief and awkwardly in English, extra absolutely and overtly in Japanese.Fiset provides a so much affecting human tale and is helping us to learn among the strains, to appreciate what used to be occurring to this light, delicate pair. Hanaye suffered the emotional torment ofdisruption and displacement from every little thing secure and favourite. Iwao, a scholarly guy who, regardless of his imprisonment, didn't falter in his dedication to his followed nation, suffered the ignominy of suspicion of being disloyal. After the struggle, he labored as an issue professional on the college of Washington's a long way jap Library and served as critical of Seattle's jap Language tuition, devoted to the japanese American group till his demise in 1979.