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“Tears of Autumn”

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“Tears of Autumn”
Yoshiko Uchida
About the Author
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Wrote 27 picture books, including Picture Bride,
Journey to Topaz, and Desert Exile.
Also writes about Japanese-American history and
Japanese folklore.
Experienced discrimination first hand during
WWII.
She spent a year in an internment camp for
Japanese-Americans in Utah, and was the first
woman to write about the experience there.
“I hope to give young Asian Americans a sense of
their past and to reinforce their self-esteem and
self-knowledge.”
Purpose for Reading
Build vocabulary.
пЃ® Form conclusions and inferences
from text.
пЃ® Cite evidence from text to support
conclusions.
пЃ® To respond to a short story
through writing and speaking.
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Vocabulary
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Turbulent (adj.) The author came to America on
a ship, in a “turbulent November sea.”
– wild
 Affluence (n.) “A wife of his would not go cold or
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hungry. … picturing this merchant in varying degrees of
success and affluence.”
– wealth or abundance
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 – insulting; dishonorable
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A young Japanese woman chooses
to accept a pre-arranged marriage
that awaits her in America. “Tears
of Autumn” reveals a lot about
attitudes and lifestyles of the day as
it tells the story of Hana’s voyage to
and arrival in San Francisco. It
describes her feelings of excitement
and fear about life in a strange
land.
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