The novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson, gives some examples on how past events can effect a community. In 1954 on an island near Seattle, this novel describes the trail of a Japanese American fisherman accused of murdering a white colleague.
The only one who can prove that the Japanese man, Kabou Miyanut, is innocent is his wifes childhood love is still in love with her. The novel explores how this conflict interferes This book takes place after World War II in a small town, filled with middle class, hard working people. The people for the most past are fishermen or family farmers, strawberry farms owned by a family were common. The people who lived in San Piedro were mixed racially though. For the most part, the people were white, many of whom were of Bavarian decent, and the other were common. The people who lived in San Piedro were mixed racially though. For the most part, the people were white, many whom were of Bavarian decent, and other were of Japanese decent. The Japanese in the town were looked down upon, and were not considered citizens.
They were also not permitted to own land. As World War II progressed, and the United States was in war with Japan, and when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the Japanese people of San Piedro were scorned. Many of the Japanese were thought to be spies and were deported to a camp in Seattle, Washington, were they could be watched to make sure no espionage could take place. After World War II and the Japanese were allowed to return to their homes, they were still scored and looked upon for being Japanese.The past events are effecting a trial of an innocent man accused of murder. They can not appreciate the good things that the Amand comments,From the first push of immigration, when poor Japanese tookover the manual labor of the island, raising raspberries and strawberries on fertile soil, to themounting tensions leading up to Pearl Harbor, the German-Dutch immigrants took upon the Japanese with trepidation and fear, tinged with the sentiment of superiorityIshmael Chambers, a is a white newspaper reporter for the trail. He also grew up upon San Piedro Island.
In his past, he had a forbidden relationship with a Japanese woman name Halsue. Ishmael and Halsue would meet alone in a hollowed cedar tree. The critic, Amand, comments on, The puppy love between Hatsue and Ishmael touchingly and easily rendered by Guterson, in an impossible one.
Both of their parents forbid the union. The hollowed-out base of the cedar tree where they meet in secret becomes a trope of their relationship. The smell and green moss serve as bed and bedroom for their marriage.Ishmael Chambers struggles with his feelings during the whole book. He still loves and hasfeelings for her but she has moved on with her life and has a husband with three kids. He tries to find out information on for the trial, but he sees Hatsue and realizes that he still loves her. At one point during the book Ishmael has a flashback that he is in love with Hatsue.
On page 94, Ishmael Chambers, watching Hatsue, remembered digging geoduct clams with her below the bluff at South Beach. Hatsue, carrying a garden shovel and a metal pail rusted through in its bottom, dripped water behind her as she walked the tide flat, she was fourteen and wore a black Another reason why Ishmael struggles with his feelings is because he has lost his arms, during the war. He was drafted to help serve his country to fight against the Japanese, and now he is disabled physically. Towards the end, Ishmael finds out information that could break the case, and put a new man on trail. Throughout the book he has a conflict, because of his feelings towards Hatsue. He isnt sure to do the right thing because that means if he does the right they Hatsues husband does not go t o jail. At the end Ishmael does the right thing and tells the truth.