Japanese immigrants arrived in Seattle towards the end of the 19th century. They migrated to Seattle due to the harsh developments and policies imposed by the government. These policies hindered the Japanese farmers from practicing their economic activities. The immigrants looked for a region where they could practice socio-economic activities freely. Therefore, they broke into groups, settling in various regions around the world. One of the groups decided to settle in Seattle because the economy was stable enough for them to undertake their activities.
Japanese immigrants in Seattle experienced many challenges as second-class citizens. The hardworking nature of Kazuko’s father ensured that his family was well provided for. He operated a hotel in Seattle, which he constantly renovated. He did not welcome drunkards or unpleasant people to his establishment. Kazuko’s mother was a fun-loving parent, who appreciated her children’s talents and encouraged them constantly. Mr. and Mrs. Itoi did not speak fluent English. As such, they encountered difficulties in communicating with other people. However, they approached this problem through smiling and agreeing to most of the things that they heard. During the war, Mr. Itoi lost his establishment, forcing the family to reside in a camp. This affected the way of life of Japanese immigrants because residents of camps during the war did not acquire basic needs easily.
The struggles that Mr. Itoi went through in developing his establishment reveal the difficulties in operating a successful business as a Japanese immigrant in Seattle. The experiences faced by the family show the way Japanese people were undermined by Americans in the city. It is evident that there was a language barrier between the two communities and as a result, they got into trouble for saying things that they did not mean. All the difficulties discussed show that the migration of Japanese citizens in Seattle destroyed their way of life.