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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Flag Duty (1942)

  • The hardest thing about Henry's life is that no one really talks to him—not at school and not at home, where his parents don't even understand English.
  • On top of that, his classmates are total jerks. Chaz and Denny in particular like to pick on him and call him Japanese, even though he's Chinese. There's a lot of racial tension since the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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