Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family Short Essay - Answer Key

Yoshiko Uchida
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1. What did the house and yard look like where the Uchida girls grew up?

The house where the Uchida girls grew up was a pleasant three-bedroom house. It was a stucco bungalow. The back yard had peach, apricot, and fig trees. Flowers that grew in the yard included sweet peas and chrysanthemums. They also had a few blackberry bushes and rhubarb growing in the yard.

2. How did Dwight’s family struggle when he was growing up?

Dwight’s father died when he was ten. His mother was left with five children to raise and had to send them to live with various relatives while she served as a housekeeper for American missionaries. Eventually, his mother was able to save enough to bring all the children home, but many times they had little to eat.

3. What types of handwork did Iku create?

Iku made most of her daughter’s dresses herself and detailed them with fine tucks, smocking, hemstitching, rows of tiny mother-of-pearl buttons, and hand finished touches. She also embroidered fancy guest towels for many of her friends, and made baby booties.

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