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Some Lines for a Younger Brother... (short story)

Creators: Sue Kunitomi Embrey


First person recollection of the author's younger brother centering on the impact the World War II incarceration had on him. The youngest of eight children, Tets was doted on by his older siblings, but devastated when his father died when he was eight. A few years later, he had become a demoralized teenager in Manzanar who began skipping high school classes upon his return to Los Angeles after the war. Joining the army to see the world, he is almost at the end of his hitch when the Korean War breaks out. Sent into combat, he is killed in action. Years later, the author recalls attending the first Manzanar Pilgrimage and seeing the image of Tets as a child once again.

"Some Lines for a Younger Brother..." first appeared in Gidra in 1970 and was reprinted in the 1980 anthology Ayumi and in various editions of the textbook Writing: A Guide for College and Beyond .

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

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Author Sue Kunitomi Embrey
Publication Date 1970
Website http://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-297-14/
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Embrey, Sue Kunitomi. "Some Lines for a Younger Brother..." Gidra , May 1970, 8. Reprinted in Ayumi: A Japanese American Anthology . Edited by Janice Mirikitani, et al. San Francisco: Japanese American Anthology Committee, 1980. 103–05; Writing: A Guide for College and Beyond by Lester Faigley. London: Longman, 2007. 56–59.