It also resulted in intense racism and discrimination against Japanese Americans by some other Americans. At first, Japanese American military volunteers were rejected; young men of draft age were classified as “enemy aliens.” In spite of prejudice, young (second generation Japanese in the U. They wanted to remove the shame caused by Pearl Harbor, and they were determined to prove their loyalty to their country, thus bringing honor to their Japanese community in the U. If you saw many young Japanese today showing their individuality through outrageous fashion and non-conformist behavior or if you watched television programs that bring audiences pleasure by humiliating individuals, you might assume that the shame/honor tradition has been eroded.However, obligations to family, school, employer, and friends still tend to guide most Japanese behavior.
The book had long intrigued me for I had heard that it was widely taught in creative writing courses and was a favorite of many authors, including several well-known authors whose work I admire.Shame occurs through others’ negative feelings towards you or through your feelings of having failed to live up to your obligations.In contrast, the culture of the United States and most of the West is based on guilt (Benedict, 1946), where truth, justice, and the preservation of individual rights are more important components of consciousness.It was a soothing and creative project until I came to this: I remember gasping.I remember thinking, So this is what Zora Neale Hurston meant when she wrote, “I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.” I remember ugly.One of his intriguing skills as a writer is his ability to intertwine narration and analysis in Very near the beginning of this essay is the first obvious point where he does this.In the third paragraph, Baldwin begins talking about his father and how they rarely spoke and didn’t get along with each other.” I remember returning to Auster’s glowing preface.I remember wondering if Auster felt anything close to my shock and sadness when reading those lines.Then he transitions to an analytical statement, “It seems to be typical of life in America, where opportunities, real and fancied, are thicker than anywhere else on the globe, that the second generation has no time to talk to the first (63).” An example of the vise versa case occurs just a few paragraphs later, in a paragraph which starts out in an analytical tone, where Baldwin spends a moment describing his father.The first half of this paragraph explains how Baldwin saw his father as very handsome, and how although his father was beautiful, he didn’t know he was beautiful.