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Masaji Ishikawa
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Explain the evolution of Masaji Ishikawa's character throughout the book.

Students should be able to outline Ishikawa's growth and change from a hopeful person who believes he can better his life and circumstances through hard work to a sometimes violent and angry person to is filled with bitterness at the cruelties of life.

How does racial discrimination play a role in Masaji Ishikawa's life?

Masaji Ishikawa faces racial discrimination in Japan due to his Korean heritage, and it is largely this discrimination that keeps his family is difficult conditions and thus motivates his father to move them to North Korea. However, in North Korea they face discrimination for being Japanese and remain at the bottom rung of the social ladder.

How does Masaji Ishikawa attempt to control his destiny?

Ishikawa tries to better his life by applying for slightly better jobs after realizing that his initial dream...

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