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The Service Flags (short story)

Creators: Bill Hosokawa


Short story by Bill Hosokawa about the first days of resettlement of a young mother and her nine-year-old son. Helen Yamano and her son Jamie arrive in an unspecified city, and she hangs two flags, one for her brother who had been killed, presumably as an Military Intelligence Service linguist, and one for her husband, who is serving in Europe in the 442nd . Her first days on the job are difficult, as one of her co-workers makes trouble for her. Jamie is called a "Jap" by one of the boys on his first day of school. Helen tells him that like his father, he needs to fight to be accepted, and the next day he does.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like " Floating Home " by Jan Morrill; " Case History " by Bradford Smith; " When Your Body Has Been Rolled in Thorns " by Ferris Takahashi

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Author Bill Hosokawa
Publication Date 1945
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Hosokawa, Bill. "The Service Flags." Pacific Citizen , Dec. 22, 1945, 27 , 32 .