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.