Along with the long-forgotten contents of the basement of the Panama Hotel, Henry Lee’s memories of 1940’s Seattle are unearthed. When new hotel owners start to renovate the boarded up, old Japanese-designed building they discover the personal belongings of numerous Japanese families who were interned during WWII. As a resident of Seattle’s Chinatown, just the other side of the Panama Hotel from Japantown, Henry witnessed first-hand the removal of the Japanese. His friendship with a Japanese classmate leads him to hold a special interest in the dusty belongings of one family in particular. Caught between the wishes of his parents, his country and his own desires, Henry’s is a heart-wrenching experience. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a story rich with duplicitous family, cultural and national relationships.
Oct 23, 2009