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The Old Man on Crutches (short story)

Creators: Setsuko Nagata


Short story by Setsuko Nagata about the title character whom the narrator meets while serving as a waitress at a Tanforan Assembly Center mess hall. The man, named Mr. Mine, takes a liking to the narrator and shares Chinese poetry with her. When they move to the Topaz , Utah, concentration camp, he visits her on occasion, but when he requests repatriation, he moves to Tule Lake . The narrator hears that he eventually did return to his native Kumamoto, Japan.

The author, Setsuko Nagata, was Kibei and wrote the story in Japanese in 1949. It was published in the anthology Ayumi in 1980 in both Japanese and English.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like " The Man with the Bulging Pockets " by Toshio Mori; " O Furo (The Bath) " by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston; " Nurse " by Masaharu Hane

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Author Setsuko Nagata
Publication Date 1949
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For More Information

Nagata, Setsuko. "The Old Man on Crutches." In Ayumi: A Japanese American Anthology . Edited by Janice Mirikitani, et al. San Francisco: Japanese American Anthology Committee, 1980. 38–42.